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April 20, 2004

Cordele – Senator Rooney Bowen announced today that he will not be a candidate for re-election this year to the Georgia State Senate.

Bowen, a 34-year veteran lawmaker, said the main reason for his retirement from the Senate was losing Dooly County in the Federal Court’s remapping of the State House and Senate Legislative Districts.

“Much of my base support came from Dooly County, and I had rather retire than to go into a race without my home county,” stated Bowen. “This is the right decision for me and my family."

“I have enjoyed my many years in the Georgia House of Representatives and the Georgia State Senate, and I truly believe I have made a positive difference for our community and our state,” said Bowen.

“To that end, I will always be grateful to my countless friends who worked so hard to get me elected and re-elected 17 times.”

Bowen said he plans to remain active in state and local politics. “I will continue to be actively involved in politics, and will keep working to make South Georgia a better place to live, work, and raise a family,” he said.

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