from the email he sent his now-former colleagues:
I wanted to let you know ahead of time that I have submitted my letter of resignation to Governor Deal. This wasn’t an easy decision to make, but some personal health issues require that I step back to focus on my family and my health. We will be sending out a press release later today, but I wanted you to hear it first and directly from me.
Serving in the Senate has been the honor of a lifetime and getting to know each and every one of you is something I will always treasure. This body really is a special place and one that I will miss. But I do look forward to hopefully visiting and, of course, would love to see any of you if you’re ever passing through Perry.
Thank you for your friendship and support – they mean the world to me.