From the Chambersburg Public Opinion
Sen. Richard Alloway II announced Friday that he will retire effective Feb. 28 and leave the state Senate midway through his third term. Alloway, a Republican, has represented the 33rd Senatorial District for 10 years. The district includes all of Adams County, most of Franklin County, and parts of Cumberland and York counties. Alloway said he’s lost the fire needed to do the job right, the Associated Press reported. He will look into going into private practice as a lawyer or a lobbyist. In his retirement announcement, Alloway said: “It has been an honor and a privilege to hold this position and to be the voice for local communities in Harrisburg for the past decade in the Senate. I am extremely grateful for the trust that has been placed in me by community residents, and from the bottom of my heart, I thank all of my constituents for giving me that amazing opportunity and for helping me to be a better elected official.” First elected in 2008, Alloway had no problem keeping his seat through two re-election cycles. He first won the seat in the majority-Republican district following a slim win – 333 votes, under 2 percent of all votes cast – over his GOP challenger in the 2008 primary. Alloway is a member of the Senate Republican leadership team, serving as the caucus secretary since 2014. He was responsible for overseeing and reviewing all executive nominations submitted to the Senate for confirmation. He previously served as Senate Majority Caucus Administrator and as Chairman of the Senate Game and Fisheries Committee, where he authored several laws to protect sportsmen and promote outdoor activities.