The Alabama Legislature will lose one of its truly outstanding members – Democrat Bobby Denton of Muscle Shoals, the state’s longest continually-serving state senator – at the end of his term. He will not seek re-election next year. Senator Denton will end a career that has earned him the title “Dean of the Senate.” The northwest Alabama native has served eight terms in the Senate and that’s a very long time by any standard.
Senator Denton, who has had a distinguished career, was elected to his first term in the Senate in 1978. According to the Senator, the proudest accomplishment of his career was getting the four major towns in his district – Florence, Sheffield, Tuscumbia and Muscle Shoals – to work together on economic development, rather than competing with each other. The Senator has also helped develop the Alabama Music Hall of Fame and was instrumental in getting a major rail car manufacturing plant to locate in his Senate district.
Without any doubt, Bobby Denton, a good man by all standards, has been an outstanding legislator. He has been a credit to the entire State of Alabama. I really hate to see a person with his character, ability, dedication, and knowledge of state government step aside. This Senator – who is my very good friend – will be missed!
Source: Associated Press
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