NC state Sen. Bingham says this term will be his last

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A Republican state senator says this two-year term in the North Carolina General Assembly will be his last.

Sen. Stan Bingham of Davidson County joined the legislature in 2001 and held committee leadership positions under Democratic and GOP chamber rule. He’s currently a budget committee co-chairman on courts and law enforcement matters.

Senate leader Phil Berger praised Bingham on Wednesday for what he called his “common sense and a sense of humor.”

Bingham didn’t return a phone call from The Associated Press but told The Dispatch of Lexington he felt like it was time to step down when his term ends in December 2016. He endorsed former Davidson County Commissioner Cathy Dunn to succeed him.

The 69-year-old Bingham is a lumber company owner and publisher of a weekly newspaper.

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