A powerful member of the Massachusetts House leadership from western Massachusetts is not running for re-election.
Democratic State Rep. Stephen Kulik of Worthington, vice chairman of the Ways and Means Committee, announced he will end a 25-year career on Beacon Hill after his current term.
Kulik represents the 1st Franklin District which consists of 19 towns and is the most rural legislative district in the state.
"It was a great opportunity, a great challenge and a very rewarding experience in terms of the satisfaction of working with so many people on so many important issues," Kulik said in a telephone interview Monday.
Kulik’s announcement came a day after Democratic State Rep. John Scibak of South Hadley announced he will not run for a 9th term in 2018.