Democratic Rep. Mickey Michaux, currently North Carolina's longest-serving state legislator and a fixture at the General Assembly in the fight for voting rights and funding historically black colleges, said Thursday he won't seek re-election.
Michaux, a Durham attorney, first joined the House in 1973 and has been elected to 20 two-year terms, with a stint as a federal prosecutor and unsuccessful runs for Congress sprinkled in between.
"I figured it's just time," the 87-year-old Michaux said after he announced his decision on the House floor. Candidate filing for this fall's General Assembly elections begins Monday.
Michaux, who was born in Durham, was a...