New York State Senator Betty Little will not seek re-election in 2020 and will retire after serving more than two decades in Albany.

“Although it is very difficult for me to contemplate stepping away from the public service that I love so much, it’s time,” Little said during her announcement Thursday afternoon. "Being able to do this work for so many years has been the greatest honor. I’ve not taken one moment of it for granted."

Little, a Republican, has represented the 45th Senate District since 2003. Before that, she served seven years in the state Assembly. Prior to her career in the state legislature, she served on the Warren County Board of Supervisors.

She follows multiple members of the legislature who said this year they would seek another term next November.