Rep. Tim Kelly-photo from MN House of Representatives

 

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A powerful Minnesota legislator cited last summer for making out with a fellow lawmaker in a public park isn't running for re-election.

Republican Rep. Tim Kelly announced Wednesday he'd leave the Legislature after 2016. He's represented the Red Wing area for eight years, currently serving as chairman of the House Transportation committee.

He says he plans to spend more time on his financial advising business and with his family.

Kelly and Rep. Tara Mack were cited in August for causing a nuisance by a Dakota County park ranger who said they were making out inside a car. The lawmakers called the account a lie but later paid their fines.

Kelly will play a key role this year as lawmakers try to finalize a major road and bridge repair funding package.