Rep. David Meeks will not seek a fifth term to the Arkansas House of Representatives.
Meeks and his wife have three adopted children and foster four others, which he said weighed heavily in his decision.
"It’s tough to be a legislator and commit the time you need to there and to your family," he said.
During his four terms, Meeks served as the chair of the House Aging, Children and Youth, Legislative and Military Affairs Committee. He said the work he is most proud of relates to human trafficking laws.
"Because of the work we’ve done, Arkansas has some of the toughest trafficking laws in the country," he said.
Aside from time constraints, Meeks said he felt it was time to "let somebody else get in there."
"I’ve been there eight years," he said. "People have elected me over and over again and, for that, I am forever grateful. I’ve accomplished a lot and felt it was time for me to step away."
Other than possibly seeking a position in local elections — Meeks lives in Greenbrier and currently represents District 70, which includes portions of Faulkner and Perry counties — Meeks said he "honestly [doesn’t] know" what he will do next.
"I’ll see what other opportunities come," he said. "When I made the decision not to run again, my thought was I wouldn’t run again ever, for any position."
He said after urging from other people, he is considering running for a position in Faulkner County, possibly county judge or assessor.
"I expect to make a decision on that within the next month or so," he said.