Viewpoint: Chambliss farewell

South Georgia is losing an important voice in Washington. Senator Saxby Chambliss announced last week he would not run for re-election.

The Moultrie Republican spent eight years in the U.S. House of Representatives before becoming the first person from our part of the state elected to the U.S. Senate. He'll wrap up his second term in two years.

Chambliss has a strong conservative voting record in Washington, but he also stands up for issues important to all south Georgians, regardless of their party affiliation.

He's a leader on agriculture issues. He stands up for veterans and Georgia's military bases. He's been an influential leader on intelligence and homeland security in the post-9/11 era. And he hasn't been afraid to work across party lines on important issues.

That is all too rare these days in Washington, and that may be what we miss most when Chambliss is gone.

The Senator has represented south Georgia, all of our state, and the entire country with integrity, class, and dedication. We thank him for his service.

We wish him and his wife Julianne the best, and we hope whoever replaces him follows his example.

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