The oldest current member of the state House won't seek re-election in 2012, saying it's time to pass the leadership torch to another generation in southeastern North Carolina.
Democratic Rep. Dewey Hill of Columbus County also said Thursday in an interview he needs to spend more time leading his small grocery-store chain in the near future.
The 86-year-old Hill was first elected in 1992 and represents all of Columbus and part of Brunswick County.
Hill was one of five Democrats who voted with the Republican majority this year to pass the state budget and override Democratic Gov. Beverly Perdue's veto. He's the third in that group who's decided against running.
Hill said he's proud of his work on agriculture and finance issues during his tenure and helping his region.