Dillon says he's not running for re-election in 2010

State Sen. Gary "Doc" Dillon (R-Columbia City) has announced that he will not run for re-election in 2010.

"It's an honor and a privilege to serve the people in Senate District 17 and I'm thankful for their support and encouragement over the years," Dillon says. "I look forward to spending more time with my wife, four children and our five grandchildren."

Since 2002, Dillon has represented Senate District 17, which includes Allen, Grant, Huntington, Kosciusko, Wabash and Whitley counties.

Dillon, 66, said he plans to fulfill his current term, which ends in November 2010.

Dillon serves as a ranking member on the Senate Committee on Appropriations, which helps craft the multi-billion dollar budget for Indiana state government. He also serves as chairman of the Senate Committee on Ethics, as a member of the Energy and Environ-mental Affairs and Tax and Fiscal Policy committees.

Dillon was a member of the Indiana House of Representatives from 1998 to 2002. Previously, he served eight years on the Whitley County Consolidated School Board and five as its president.
Dillon and his wife Ann have three sons and one daughter, David Dillon, of Muncie; Matthew Dillon, of Missoula, MT; Travis Dillon, of Oakland, CA; and Meg Zublin, of Basal, Switzerland.

Dillon is currently a part-time clinical professor of dermatology at Indiana University's Medical Center.
Dillon said he plans to continue part-time work in the medical field.