Georgia Sen. Bill Heath, R–Bremen, will not be seeking re-election at the end of his term.
Heath choked back on tears as he announced his retirement on the Senate floor in front of his colleagues on the first day of the 2020 legislative session. He has served in the Senate since 2005.
“There is more to life than politics,” he said, adding that he wants to spend more time with his wife Susan of more than 35 years, two adult children and the rest of his family.
Before becoming a state senator, Heath served one year as a state representative. He is the chairman of the Senate Government Oversight Committee and vice-Chairman of the Natural Resources and the Environment Committee. Heath also is a member of the Judiciary and Finance committees. He is a steward for the agricultural industry and fights to protect Georgians’ rights to hunt, fish and enjoy the state's natural resources.
He thanked his supporters and colleagues for the experience.
“It’s been a wild ride,” he said. “There’s been moments I’ve wanted to strangle you. There are other times, like today, when we show our support.”
Heath said he plans to continue to be active during the 2020 session.