State Sen. Nikki Setzler said he doesn’t plan to run for office again in 2024. He was elected to the Senate in 1976, and his public service life spans 47 years. In 2023, Setzler (SC-Dist. 26) became the longest currently serving state senator in the country and he was honored with a Senate resolution.
“Serving the people of South Carolina has been the honor of a lifetime. Thank you for your faith in me, for the opportunity to serve you and for taking this journey with me,” Setzler said in a State newspaper opinion piece where he announced he would not run for another term. The State link
Setzler serves the Cayce-West Columbia area and Aiken, Calhoun, Lexington and Saluda Counties. Setzler, a Democrat, has won reelection over and over despite living in Lexington County, one of the most Republican-voting counties in South Carolina.
Setzler’s district was redistricted after the 2020 U.S. Census and now Sen. Dick Harpootlian, who lives in Richand County, lives in the same district.