In addition to Sen. Tommie Williams’ retirement announcement, Sen. Bill Jackson (R-Appling, D-24) also announced he would not be seeking re-election to the State Senate and will be retiring at the end of his current term. He was elected to the Georgia Senate in 2007 after serving 16 years in the State House. He currently serves as one of Gov. Deal’s floor leaders.
“After much prayerful consideration, I have decided to step down at the conclusion of my term. The people of the Georgia State Senate are exceptional, and I greatly appreciate the kindness shown to not only me, but also to my family. I would like to thank Gov. Deal and Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle for their leadership and friendship, and my Senate colleagues for their support and camaraderie over the past several years.”
Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle:
“Sen. Bill Jackson is the definition of a true statesman; someone who sought public office to leave a lasting impact on his beloved state. For nearly three decades, he has been an outstanding servant of the people and someone who fights for his constituency at every turn with an unwavering commitment to his Christian, conservative values. Although he will be deeply missed, I’m excited for his new opportunity to return home to Appling, his family and Shiloh Methodist Church full-time.”
Gov. Nathan Deal:
“I have known Bill as a personal friend and legislator for a number of years and his leadership as a floor leader for the past six years has been invaluable.”
Senate President Pro Tempore David Shafer (R – Duluth):
“Sen. Bill Jackson is a giant of Georgia history. He has served four separate times as a member of the Georgia General Assembly. He has been an extraordinary public servant and a mentor to me. We wish him the best as he retires from the State Senate and begins the next chapter of his distinguished life.”