LINCOLN — State Sen. Scott Price of Bellevue confirmed Tuesday that he plans to resign from the Legislature because of family demands.
“You can't have two masters,” he said. “I had to resign (from) one, and it's not going to be my family.”
He said he expects to submit a letter of resignation early next month.
Levi Lippincott, chairman of the Sarpy County Republican Party, said Price will leave big shoes to fill.
“He's done a good job for Sarpy County,” Lippincott said. “It's going to be hard to replace him.”
Price declined to be specific about his family concerns but said he probably will be moving to Alabama, where his daughter lives. She recently gave birth to Price's granddaughter.
He said his wife, Jacqueline, spent several weeks in Alabama helping their daughter earlier this year, while their son-in-law, who is in the military, was deployed overseas.
Price, 51, was first elected in 2008 and then re-elected last year to represent District 3, which includes western portions of Bellevue and the Capehart area of east-central Sarpy County.
His resignation means Gov. Dave Heineman will have another legislative appointment to make.
Four current senators began their terms in office as Heineman appointees.
The governor typically seeks applications from district residents interested in serving in the Legislature.
A Republican, Price said he wanted to be remembered as a “work horse,” not a “show horse” in the Legislature. He has been a sharp critic of the Learning Community of Douglas and Sarpy Counties and a strong supporter of veterans issues.
This past session, he successfully helped push a measure to replace the term “mental retardation” with “intellectual disability” in state statutes. Price also worked against a proposed expansion of Medicaid.
A retired Air Force meteorologist, he is married and has three children.