ATLANTA -- Rep. Lee Anderson gave his goodbye speech to the Georgia House of Representatives Thursday on the final day of the 2012 legislative session. Anderson is one of the candidates running for Congress against U.S. Rep. John Barrow.
Anderson entered the state House in 2009 when he won election to a seat that was vacated by state Rep. Barry Fleming when he tried and failed in his own bid for a different congressional seat. Fleming is already campaigning to win his old state House seat now that Anderson is leaving.
Anderson, a Grovetown Republican, spoke briefly from the well of the House early in the busiest day of the legislative session.
“It has been truly an honor to be with each and every one of you,” he told his colleagues.
He is one of 16 state representatives departing Thursday and one of three doing so to run for higher office. The revision of legislative and congressional districts following the census triggered most of the departures, either because it convinced politicians like Anderson there were opportunities to move up or because it showed others their chances for re-election in the newly drawn districts were slim.
Anderson thanked House Speaker David Ralston for his support.
“I wish I could take you as speaker to Washington, and we could solve all of our problems,” Anderson said.