INDIANAPOLIS - Indiana State Senator Sue Landske announced Thursday she will not seek re-election this year.
Landske has served as the Republican representative from Cedar Lake, Indiana Senate District 6, since 1984.
“This was a very difficult decision for me to make. The Indiana Senate has been a part of my life for a long time,” Landske said. “However, I know that I must do what is best for my health and best for the Hoosiers that I serve in Northwest Indiana.”
Landske announced in November that she had been diagnosed with lung cancer and was receiving treatments. She currently serves as the Assistant President Pro Tempore and chair of the Senate Elections Committee.
Notable legislation authored by Landske includes the state's annual "Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day," designed to encourage more Hoosier women to get involved in engineering, and the expansion of free tuition to Hoosier Purple Heart recipients.
Landske served as a colonel in the National Guard Reserve before entering politics.
Senate President Pro Tempore David Long (R-Fort Wayne) said Landske has "always been a passionate, hardworking servant for her constituents and a steady, influential voice with her Senate colleagues."
Landske is a two-time recipient of the Sagamore of the Wabash, and was named Republican Woman of the Year by the Indiana Federation of Republican women in 2012.
She and her husband William own and operate All Golfcar Inc. They have five children and seven grandchildren.