Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie announced Tuesday that he will not seek re-election to a third term.
"This was a difficult decision for me. But, after months of thought and discussion with family, I concluded that January 2015 will be the right time for me to step aside — making way for the next generation of talented leadership in the Office of the Secretary of State," said Ritchie.
The Democrat, 61, oversaw the 2008 Senate recount in which Sen. Al Franken narrowly beat out Republican incumbent Norm Coleman in one of the closest elections in the history of the Senate. Sen. Franken trailed Coleman by a few hundred votes after the initial count. A recount run by the Minnesota Canvassing Board, chaired by Ritchie, resulted in Sen. Franken's slim victory over Coleman.
Ritchie was first elected in Nov. 2006 and was re-elected in 2010. He will serve out his current term which ends Jan. 2015.