Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

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March 18, 2014

After 36 years, goodbye Indiana Senate

After 36 years in the Indiana Senate, I am in my final year as a state legislator.

I have been blessed to serve the public for more than four decades. I can’t put into words how much I appreciate the support of my family, friends and all the wonderful folks of Southeastern Indiana.

I will forever remain grateful for the unique opportunity to serve in our Indiana State Senate and represent thousands of Hoosiers over the years.

I’ve strived to make a difference during my tenure by helping the folks in Southeastern Indiana with the hopes of somehow making our little corner of the world a better place.

I want to thank you for your emails, phone calls and letters over the years. Your opinion on each piece of legislation was important and taken seriously. I want to thank you for caring about the success of Southeastern Indiana and the state of Indiana as a whole. I can’t please everyone, but it was my goal to support and improve the lives of my constituents.

Voluntarily giving up my Senate seat has been one of my most difficult decisions. However, after a great amount of thoughtful prayer and quiet personal reflection I have concluded that it is time to pass the torch to a younger generation.

To my family, constituents and friends, thank you for your overwhelming support and friendship over the years.

I extend a warm handshake and express a genuine THANK YOU – wishing you and your family the best of health and happiness for the future.

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