Tim Jennings capped off his 34-year senatorial career Monday by presiding over his last committee hearing in the Roundhouse.
In November, Jennings lost his longtime Roswell seat in a high-profile race against Cliff Pirtle.
His final act in office saw him preside over a joint Legislative Council meeting that approved a $134,000 appropriation to the Department of Public Safety to finance security for the duration of the 60-day 2013 Legislative Session.
After the vote, Jennings turned the floor over to representatives from the House, fellow senators and people in the audience who praised and roasted him in heartfelt farewells.
“It’s been a great ride,” an emotional Jennings said. “This is one huge family and I hope you all make sure it stays that way. We’re not here for the party; we’re here for the people.”
During his time in office, Jennings held nearly every Senate leadership, including Senate president pro tem, majority leader, and Senate whip.
“We’re not all the same, but under the Constitution, we’re all the same,” Jennings said. “We should all know the differences between the House and the Senate and when to separate powers, and when to stand up to the governor and to the judiciary.
“You must stand up for the body you represent.”
Jennings said he would still come around the Capitol, but not if he would try to regain his seat in the future.