HELENA – Longtime legislator Carolyn Squires, D-Missoula, said Monday she won’t seek another term in the Montana House, withdrawing her earlier filing.

“I believe I’ve got another session or two left in me,” she said. “But there’s always an ending to an elective career, and now’s the time for me to step aside and let someone new take the reins.”

Squires, 73, has been a mainstay on the Montana political scene for nearly a quarter century. She took pride in being a working person who represented the same south-central Missoula neighborhood of working families throughout her career.

“As Missoula’s grown and legislative boundaries changed, I’ve always been able to represent these wonderful neighbors of mine – both city and county – for more than 25 years,” she said.

She served in the House from 1987 to 1999, in the Senate from 2003 to 2009 and again in the House from 2011 to 2015. She served as Senate majority whip in 2005.

U.S. Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., said that during his days as a state senator, he could always count on Squires “to provide a common-sense voice for working folks.”

“I wish her luck, and I know even in her retirement she will continue to serve the people and the state she loves,” Tester said.

During her tenure, Squires was an outspoken champion of organized labor, women’s rights and the economically disadvantaged. A licensed practical nurse, Squires retired from Community Medical Center after 32 years.

“Just because I’m going to spend more time with Harry and the family, that doesn’t mean I’m quitting politics altogether,” Squires said. “I know the road between here and Helena, and you can be sure I’ll have the number of my representative on speed dial!”

Squires has lived in her South 10th Street West home with her husband Harry, a retired millwright at Stimson Lumber Co., since 1973. She has two sons, Paul and Keith and three grandchildren.

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