Georgia state Sen. Barry Loudermilk has announced he's resigning from his position to focus on pursuing a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Loudermilk, of Cassville, made the announcement in a release Tuesday.
He announced plans in April to run for Georgia's 11th District congressional seat being vacated by Rep. Phil Gingrey. Gingrey is leaving his position to try succeeding U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss, who is retiring.
Loudermilk has served in Georgia's Legislature since he was elected to the state House in 2004. He won his current state Senate seat in 2010 and represents parts of Bartow, Cherokee and Cobb counties.
Loudermilk owns a small business and served eight years in the Air Force.