A southwest Iowa lawmaker has started his retirement a little early.
State Senator Hubert Houser says he is too busy working on his farm in Carson to take part in the rest of the legislative session.
The 71-year-old Republican is still collecting his legislative salary but hasn’t cast a vote since March 4th.
State senators are paid $25,000 a year.
Governor Branstad wouldn’t comment on Houser’s decision to stay at home but says he has served his district well.
“I do have great respect for Senator Houser. He’s been a longtime public servant in this state, I think he’s been a great representative of the people of southwest Iowa,” Governor Branstad said.
Houser has served 22-years in the Iowa legislature and is retiring after this year.