OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma - State Senator Dan Newberry announced Tuesday he’s stepping aside from his seat with District 37.

In a news release, Newberry said he will continue to be in senior management at TTCU The Credit Union and is publishing a book.

Newberry said it was an honor to serve as the senator from District 37.

“I want to thank the citizens of District 37 for placing your trust in me to represent you at the Capitol for nearly 10 years,” he said.

Newberry was elected in 2008 and re-elected in 2012 and 2016.

“This wasn’t an easy decision to make, however – Laura and I have made the difficult but necessary decision to focus on the needs of our family.”

Newberry said he’s optimistic about both the new chapter in his life and for the State of Oklahoma.

Newberry said in a statement he will resign January 31, 2018.

Governor Mary Fallin will schedule a special election to fill the seat.