Rep. Anton Gunn, D-Kershaw, will not seek re-election to his S.C. House seat that also takes in Northeast Richland.
Gunn will instead accept a job in the Obama administration, as regional director for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Gunn, elected in 2008, will oversee the federal agency's operations in eight Southeastern states including South Carolina. He is a former USC football player and a key adviser to then candidate Obama's 2008 presidential campaign.
"It is not every day that a person is given an opportunity to either serve their country broadly or to continue the pursuit of re-election for House District 79," Gunn wrote in a letter to constituents."This decision weighed upon me heavily as I consider it a privilege to be of service in any capacity to the people of this state. After much prayer and deliberation with my family, I believe I can benefit the people of my district and South Carolina by answering the call to serve as the Region IV Director in the US Department of Health and Human Services in Atlanta, Georgia."