"Every single vote I make in the legislature, somebody's going to be upset with you," he said.
Del. Steven DeBoy
DeBoy announced Monday that he would not seek reelection in 2014. DeBoy was elected into the House of Delegates in 2002 and has been a member of the Appropriations Committee throughout the duration of his service.
However, he said that he will not attempt to maintain his position when the 2014 primary elections roll around.
"I've been mulling it over for a while," DeBoy said.
"I started looking at it and said, 'Do I want to run for reelection or do I feel like I've accomplished the things I've liked to,'" he said.
"Right now I've achieved what I'd like to the in House of Delegates," DeBoy said.
He said his political career is not over yet though.
"I'm just keeping my eyes and ears open to whatever might open up later on," DeBoy said.
"I'm not done in political office by any stretch of the imagination," he said.
Highlight: "I would think the highlights were, obviously, when we do the state budget and we continue to put our money where our mouth is and put money into the public school system."
Low light: Deciding on social issues such as gun control and the death penalty repeal.
"It was the hardest session I've had, and this was my 11th year," DeBoy said.
"These social issues get very difficult. You have somebody ticked off at you all the time," he said.
Easiest vote: "Probably the gas tax, because I thought that was just not the right funding mechanism for the projects," DeBoy said.
"I certainly understood the need for revenue, there's no question there," he said. "I didn't believe that the gas tax was the appropriate funding mechanism for it."
Hardest vote: "The gun bill was hard only because there were things in the gun bill that I thought ... if we could have pulled out some of those components of the gun bill, like mental health provisions and the expanded background provisions, and they had been separate bills, I would have absolutely supported it," DeBoy said. "But because it was all wrapped up into one bill, that made it hard."s all wrapped up into one bill, that made it hard."