(Rep. Rita) Martinson on Wednesday confirmed rumors circulating for months that she won’t seek re-election after her present term ends in 2015.
As the rumors have flown, tech executive Joel Bomgar has said he would consider running if Martinson does not.
Martinson entered the Legislature when Kirk Fordice was governor and there were few solid conservatives at the Capitol.
Martinson is known mostly for her support of education.
“Working with the reading bill for 23 years, finally seeing that come to fruition was real exciting,” she said. “That’s one of the reasons our literacy rate is so low in Mississippi. Kids even in the seventh, eighth and ninth grades don’t read on grade level.”