Lawmaker retiring from law practice, not legislature

State rep. Garth Everett, R-Muncy, wants to clarify he is not retiring from the legislature, but only from practicing law.

Based on a letter to the editor from Everett in which he wrote there had been confusion about his retirement, the Sun-Gazette spoke with the representative about his plans.

Everett said he plans on seeking another term in the state House of Representatives.

“You’re welcome to run against me for my seat in the House, but it won’t be an empty seat,” Everett said.

Because his responsibilities as a state representative have increased with his seniority in the state House, Everett decided his efforts to downsize his law practice weren’t enough. Instead, on April 30, he officially retired from practicing law at McCormick Law Firm on West Fourth Street, Williamsport.

Now, he plans on refocusing his efforts on the issues in Harrisburg: transportation and pension reform.

He’ll also focus on the development of Marcellus Shale, as he said he’s been heavily involved with that issue, and the realignment of beer, wine and spirits distribution.

Everett has practiced law since 2000, first with McNerney, Page, Vanderlin & Hall law firm on Market Street, Williamsport, and his later years with McCormick Law Firm.

He said he will miss the relationships he’s developed with those he’s worked with over the years at the law firms, but he knows retirement was the right decision.

“It’s a tough thing to do, but the right thing to do for me, my clients and my constituents,” Everett said.

Everett has served the 84th House District since 2006 and is in his fourth term.