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Thank God for the life of Sen. Jack Hill
Sen. Jack Hill
Sen. Jack Hill (from left), Rep. Bill Hitchens and Rep. Jon Burns recite the Pledge of Allegiance during Legislative Eggs & Issues 2018 at Effingham College & Career Academy. - photo by Mark Lastinger/staff

 Jack Hill was a man endowed by God with an unwavering love and sense of devotion to his fellow man. 

Since news of his passing broke Monday, I have seen many friends and colleagues share stories of Jack’s tireless work ethic, his brilliant mind and his steady leadership under the Gold Dome. 

Jack was the definition of a servant leader — a man who rose to the challenge placed before him every year of crafting a budget that demonstrated Georgia was a state that valued the life of every man, woman and child who called it home.  

He was a devoted family man who prided himself on telling everyone about his grandchildren and caring lovingly for his wife, Ruth Ann. While his public service often kept him from home, his family was always close by in his heart. 

For me, Jack was more than a colleague or a public servant. He was my friend, my mentor and one of my biggest champions in life. I cannot adequately describe the respect and admiration I had for Jack. He was a man I could turn to for a smile, a laugh or a hand up when I was down. He was like a brother to me and I will miss him every day. 

We are all better — and this state is better — for having known Jack Hill.  

Jack often spoke of the story about the turtle on the fence post and how he got there. Well, Senator Hill, your life has placed many people on that proverbial fence post — and we thank you for not just your service but, most importantly, your friendship. 

Dayle and I grieve, as do many, but thank God for the life of his servant Jack Hill.”

Jon Burns represents District 159 in the Georgia General Assembly where he serves as the House majority leader.