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Politics & Government

Don White, Republican State Senator, Leaving Seat In Middle Of Term

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Sen. Don White (R- Indiana County) announces on the state floor that he is retiring.

A five-term Republican state senator from western Pennsylvania says he's leaving his seat with two years left in his term. 

Sen. Don White of Indiana County announced Tuesday that he'll resign at the end of February. He'll become the third Republican state senator to depart this year.

The 69-year-old White was first elected in 2000 and is the longtime chairman of the Senate Banking and Insurance Committee.

There's an April 2 special election to fill an open seat in suburban Pittsburgh vacated by Congress-bound Guy Reschenthaler. Meanwhile, Sen. Rich Alloway of Franklin County announced he's resigning at the end of February.

Lt. Gov. John Fetterman must set a special election to fill White's term through 2020.

White's district includes Armstrong and Indiana counties and parts of Butler and Westmoreland counties.