It has been announced today that Sen. Tommie Williams (R-Lyons, D-19) will be retiring from his GA Senate seat after 18 years of service and not seek re-election.
Senate President Pro Tempore David Shafer (R – Duluth):
“Sen. Tommie Williams is one of the pioneering leaders of the Georgia Republican Party. His election to the State Senate was history making. He has served with distinction in every one of his leadership capacities, including as our President Pro Tempore. We wish him all the best as he continues his lifetime of service outside of the State Senate.”
Lt. Governor Casey Cagle:
“Senator Tommie Williams has distinguished himself as an outstanding public servant, someone who has remained steadfast in advocating for his constituency and the people of Georgia. He has served the people of the 19th District with honor and dignity, leaving a lasting impact on this great state. While we will miss his presence in the Senate, I know his wife Stephanie and children Emma, Jack and Madison will surely enjoy having him back home full time.”
Congress Tom Price (R, GA-06):
“Tommie is a friend and someone with whom I am grateful to have had the opportunity to work alongside in the Georgia Senate. A quality, respected leader, he has given so much back to his community over his many years of distinguished public service. I wish Tommie and his family all the best in the days to come and thank them for all they have done on behalf of the citizens of our great state.”
Sen. Williams’ statements can be seen after the break.
“We have a very well-run state and I am happy to have been a part of that. Georgia is a low tax, low debt state, with the best credit rating in the nation. It has been rated as the number one state to do business.
I’ve said before that I do not believe one’s time in elected office should be ongoing and I’ve probably even stayed too long myself. This state is full of bright, talented people, many of whom will hear the same strong calling that I did and many of whom should have the opportunity to represent and serve.
As I leave this chamber I first want to thank my constituents for the support and prayers they have offered me over the years. While I’ve seen significant changes made through politics, I am more impressed by the everyday constituent who makes his or her mark by helping others: teachers who encourage our youth, pastors who help develop the spiritual lives of people, social workers that deal with broken homes and volunteers that serve so many of our civic organizations. These people get little recognition, but they are the real backbone of our greatness.
I also want to thank those who’ve served on my staff. I have been blessed to have had some really hard working staff members through the years. Mostly I’m thankful for the men and women of the senate. It is not easy to do what you do, and it can be a thankless job. You come here each year inspired to give your best and you leave your families at home. Sometimes you struggle to manage a business while you are away and trying to make a difference often comes with a price. We have crafted some incredible legislation together and some even greater friendships. While we have experienced miracles and disappointments, at the end of the day, I’m proud to say that I have been a part of your lives and the lives of the great people of Georgia. Thanks for the friendships, the memories, the prayers and the support.”