I’ve been fortunate to have been able to visit the state capitol and hang out with a few of the legislators at least once during the session for the past few years. Unfortunately, I’ve been unable to this year since my real job that pays the bills has been keeping me fairly busy for the past year or so. I had made plans to at least head down for a few hours today on Sine Die before I head out to St. Louis for a friend’s wedding, but an early spring has sent plants into uber-pollen mode and has left me stuffy and congested. So, I’m hanging out up here in Northwest Georgia just getting a little more rest before I head out for my St. Louis road trip.
It’s kind of a bittersweet day for me since the man who pretty much started my political career will be bidding the Georgia House farewell today. Representative Martin Scott (R-Rossville) will not be running for re-election this November. I first met Martin when he and Steve Ellis were out campaigning for the seat that was being vacated by then-Representative Brian Joyce (R-Lookout Mountain) in 2004. I liked what he said and was impressed that he came out door-to-door in my area (it’s not exactly the easiest place to do a door-to-door campaign). I voted for him in the Georgia General Primary (my first election after I turned 18) and volunteered for him in the General Election in November 2004. I was impressed by his youth and energy. He carried the ball for the Human Life Amendment, but was defeated when it was squelched by the former Speaker Glenn Richardson.
He then heard the call to preach the Gospel in the Chattanooga area. He’s been attending seminary and will be finishing up this year. He was ordained a few years back and started up River City Church (an Acts 29 Church) in Chattanooga (I’m a member there). I’ve certainly seen a change in the man that I volunteered for in 2004 and the man that will be leaving the chamber today. It’s a change that I believe that’s come with loving Jesus, loving neighbor, and being on mission.
It’ll be different not seeing his name on the board next year, but it’s a new season in life. I consider it an honor to call Martin my pastor, brother, and friend.