Virginia senator to retire

POSTED: 9:26 PM Apr 03 2013   UPDATED: 5:34 PM Apr 03 2013
RICHMOND, Va. -

Virginia Republican State Sen. Harry Blevins is retiring from the seat he has held for a dozen years.

The 77-year-old Blevins announced today his retirement will be effective August 5th, with two years left on his term.

That sets up an August special election in Blevins' Chesapeake-based district for the seat he has held since 2001.

Blevins was a member of the house for three years before winning a special election in 2001 to succeed Randy Forbes, who had been elected to congress.