INDIANAPOLIS — A second long-serving state representative will not seek re-election next year and instead will run for a local government office.

State Rep. Kathy Richardson, R-Noblesville, announced this week that she's giving up the Indiana House seat she's held since 1992, representing Indianapolis' northeast suburbs, for a shot at becoming Hamilton County clerk.

Richardson is known by county clerks, election officials and many others throughout the state for her work as the former longtime chairwoman of the House Elections Committee.

Since 2000, she also has presided over private meetings of House Republicans, and was the first woman elected caucus chair of either political party in state history.

Her departure echoes that of state Rep. Charlie Brown, D-Gary, who began his legislative career in 1982. 

Brown last month said he will not seek another term at the Statehouse next year so he can run for a seat on the Lake County Council.

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Dan is Statehouse Bureau Chief for The Times. Since 2009, he's reported on Indiana government and politics — and how both impact the Region — from the state capital in Indianapolis. He originally is from Orland Park, Ill.