Charles McDowell Lee, a native of Barbour County, has served as Secretary of the Alabama Senate since 1963. He will retire from this important position after a most distinguished career. Mac, a great person, is one of the most knowledgeable folks around when it comes to Alabama history. He especially is an expert on our state’s political history. Mac should write another book on that subject.
Many observers say Mac wrote the rules of the Senate, but that really isn’t true. But he does know them better than any Senator who has ever served in that body. It’s well known that Mac has had to bail out a number of presiding officers when they found themselves in a difficult spot, having to resolve disputes dealing with rules that might not be of the ordinary sort. I can speak from experience on that front. Mac bailed me out on more than one occasion and he has never let me forget it.
I am firmly convinced that one of the best traits any person can have is loyalty to friends. All who have known Mac over the years will tell you that he tops the list when it comes to being loyal to his many friends. When Mac leaves the Senate, he will do so with class and dignity. But he will be sorely missed and in my opinion nobody will be able to replace him. His departure will be the state’s loss and that can’t be denied. I consider my friend, Charles McDowell Lee of Barbour County, to be a great American and truly a legend in his own time.
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