State legislator Kevin Ryan (R-Pawleys Island) was only 22 years old when he unseated a Democratic incumbent last year. And he now says he’ll only be 24 when he finishes his work in elected office. Ryan released a statement on his website Thursday, saying that he will serve out the rest of his term next year, but he will not run for re-election.
Ryan is finishing his studies as a graduate student at College of Charleston. He said he’s concerned that his responsibilities as a state legislator are preventing him from pursuing a career once he is done with school. He also hinted that he might eventually get a job that would require him to leave Georgetown.
“One of the realities of serving in the General Assembly is that opportunities for private sector employment are somewhat limited,” Ryan said in the statement, “With one of the longest legislative sessions in the country, we are in Columbia three days each week from January until June. This, in addition to the commitments required back here in District 108, make it extremely challenging to begin any sort of career.”
He said he plans to serve through November 2012, when his term expires. Ryan did not return our requests for comment.