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State legislators honor Chambliss

POSTED: February 24, 2014 5:24 p.m.
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Rep. Sam Watson, left, and state Speaker of the House David Ralston, right, welcome retiring U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss to the state Capitol.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., was recognized earlier this month with resolutions adopted in the Georgia State Senate and the Georgia House of Representatives for his service to the state of Georgia and the nation. Chambliss addressed both chambers upon receiving his recognition at the state Capitol in Atlanta on Feb. 10.

In the Senate, Chambliss was introduced by Sen. Cecil Staton of Macon along with Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and Majority Leader Ronnie Chance. The men recognized Chambliss with the adoption of Georgia Senate Resolution 889.

“I was proud to join my colleagues in welcoming Sen. Chambliss to the Senate Chamber today,” said Sen. Staton. “Sen. Chambliss is a remarkable statesman and has represented the state of Georgia well during his tenure as a U.S. Congressman and U.S. Senator. Sen. Chambliss was my congressman when I first became involved in Georgia politics in the 1990s and is a dear friend. Catherine and I wish him and Julianne the very best in retirement.”

In the House, Chambliss was introduced by Speaker of the House David Ralston and Rep. Sam Watson of Moultrie, who recognized his service with the adoption of Georgia House Resolution 1267.

“I am humbled to be recognized by the hardworking members of our Georgia House and Senate today,” said Chambliss. “It has been a privilege to represent Georgians in Washington for the past 20 years, and I am grateful for the opportunity to fight for the best interests of the people of Georgia and our great nation. It has been an honor to advocate for the economic good of our state and nation, fight for the security of our nation, finish four farm bills, and above all, to champion our men and women in uniform. Thank you for this great honor, and I look forward to continuing to serve our great state.”

Both the House and Senate resolutions applaud Chambliss’ work on agriculture, defense, budget, and national security issues and his leadership and dedication to the state of Georgia during his time in Congress. Chambliss was first elected to Congress to represent Georgia’s 8th Congressional District in 1994, where he served four terms. He went on to be elected to the Senate in 2002, where he is currently serving his second term.

Chambliss is the vice chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and is a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, and the Senate Rules Committee. Prior to his election to Congress, Chambliss specialized in representing farmers’ legal interests in south Georgia. Chambliss announced he will retire at the end of this term in 2014.

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