Sen. Noreen Evans, D-Santa Rosa, will not seek re-election at the end of her current term.
While term limits allow Evans to remain in office until 2018, she announced in a Facebook posting that she intends to step down at the end of next year to return to her private law practice. That will put her seat in play in 2014.
"Sacramento is not my home and politics not how I planned to spend my life," Evans wrote in the post. "Though I enjoyed my job as a lawmaker, my first love is the administration of justice."
Evans won her Senate seat in 2010 after serving three terms in the Assembly. As chair of the Senate Judiciary committee, Evans has been vocal in pushing back on cuts to the court system budget that she saw as endangering the swift administration of justice.
PHOTO: Senator Noreen Evans, D-Santa Rosa during session in the Senate chambers in Sacramento, Calif. on Monday, March 11, 2013. The Sacramento Bee/Hector Amezcua.