Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan announced in a news release Monday that State. Sen Jack Hill has died.
Hill, the chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, lived in Reidsville and represented the 4th District, which includes Effingham County. He was in his 15th two-year term and did not draw opposition for this year's election.
In his release, Duncan called Hill, 75, a "true statesman, a man of overwhelming integrity, and a servant leader."
“For three decades Georgians have benefited from his leadership and his calm and steady hand at the helm," he said. "He exhibited all the characteristics we hope for in a leader and was a true friend to all. Jack always ensured we were good stewards of taxpayer dollars, but it was more than that, he led with kindness and clarity."
As news of the passing of Hill spread, Georgia Southern President Kyle Marrero shared the following statement:
"Tonight, Eagle Nation mourns the loss of Senate Appropriations Chairman Jack Hill, a tremendous servant leader who loved Georgia Southern. He left an indelible mark on this institution, Southeast Georgia, and the state. I was among a great many who relied on his friendship and wise counsel. We send condolences and prayers to his wife, Ruth Ann, his family and his loved ones."
Hill was a Georgia Southern graduate and strong proponent of the school
More details will follow as they become available.