Minot legislator Streyle to step down after two terms

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MINOT, N.D. -- State Rep. Roscoe Streyle, R-Minot, has announced he will not seek re-election in November.

Streyle was elected to the North Dakota House in November 2010 from District 3 and has served on the Appropriations Committee since the 2013 session.

Streyle, a banker, said he feels satisfied with what he has been able to contribute during his two terms.

"I accomplished a lot of what I said I wanted to accomplish when I ran," he said. He had supported lower taxes and increased funding for roads and water projects. He had taken an active role in pushing for funding for Minot area flood protection.

Streyle recently released information about a bill he planned to sponsor in 2019 with Sen. David Hogue, R-Minot, and other legislators to provide a revolving loan fund to assist local governments in funding major projects from the state Legacy Fund. As he steps away from sponsorship, he said he will continue to be involved in helping pass that bill and other legislation for funding flood protection and water projects.

He had some rough days in January when he called someone on Twitter a “libtard,” a word considered by some to be offensive to the disabled. Some called for his removal from the Legislature. In response, he said as a public official he could “do better.”

In making his decision this week, he said, "I am just unwilling to give up my time anymore. If you want to be an effective, good legislator, it takes a couple of hours every day."

Streyle, who has three young children, said he wants to spend more time with family.

The Republican candidate endorsing conventions for District 3 and District 5 will be held at the end of March. No date has been set yet.