State Rep. Kathy Watson announced she will not seek re-election in 2018 and complete her current legislative term this year on Nov. 30.

In a phone call with WBCB 1490 AM, Watson said she hopes to accomplish a better adoption system in Pennsylvania this year.

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Watson, who lives in Warrington Township, served the 144th Legislative District for 17 years, calling it the “privilege of a lifetime.” The Republican legislator chaired the House Children and Youth Committee for five years and is recognized for legislation and policy changes to improve the safety and well-being of children.

In 2015, her legislation to further clarify child abuse and criminal background checks for volunteers was signed into law. Other major policy initiatives include penalties and treatment for repetitive DUI offenders and banning texting while driving. Also, a new licensure system for assisted living facilities, a law against flying while impaired, and the legal ability for adult adoptees to access their original birth information.

“I’m not retiring,” Watson confirmed with WBCB. “I still think I have more to give in public service, I’m not sure what it will be, but I certainly plan to stay involved.”

Particularly in Bucks County, Watson plans to continue helping families and children.

Watson also is the former chairman of the House Subcommittees on Care and Aging within the House Aging and Older Adults Services Committee and Highway Safety within the House Transportation Committee. –PW

Cover photo courtesy as Rep. Watson speaks at a press conference on her support for legislation that would ban texting while driving.