Rep. Jennifer Burns, the six-year Republican legislator, has decided not to run for re-election in House District 25.

Burns, saying she can “no longer afford the level of time and financial commitment required to be a representative,” called her service in the Legislature “an extreme honor.”

The Avra Valley resident and Marana High School graduate has served three terms representing the district, which has more than 200,000 residents over 18,000 square miles in three Arizona counties, taking in the communities of Benson, Bisbee, Douglas, Hereford, Huachuca City, St. David, Tombstone, Willcox, Buckeye, Gila Bend, Ajo, Arivaca, Avra Valley, Marana, Picture Rocks, the Tohono O’odham Nation, Chuichu, Nogales, Rio Rico, Tumacacori and areas in between.

“I’ve appreciated interacting on a personal and professional level at chamber of commerce events, economic forums and numerous other meetings throughout District 25 and Arizona,” Burns said. “I have also been honored to host Afghan elected officials in Arizona and to personally visit South Africa, Ireland, and our military men and women across this country. Each of these experiences strengthened my belief and pride in Arizona.”

She expressed her gratitude to constituents “for the opportunity to serve them and for their votes of confidence.”

Burns cited her work for more education funding, the protection of “critical services for children and our most vulnerable,” business aid and subjects important to rural and southern Arizona.

“I also worked to uphold issues important in the legislative process, including working collaboratively, knowing the issues, appreciating differences of opinion and respecting the institution,” Burns said.

Burns earned a law degree and master’s degree in public administration at the University of Arizona. She plans to remain active in public issues.

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