Over 1,000 attendees gathered in Macon Monday to celebrate the career and accomplishments of U.S. Senator Saxby Chambliss as part of the Georgia Chamber’s 2013 Congressional Luncheon. The annual event brought together business leaders and elected officials from across the state to recognize Chambliss – who will retire from public service at the end of his Senate term in 2014. “We as Georgians have been fortunate to be represented by a leader like Senator Chambliss in office – one who has always been willing to make the tough choices, work across the aisle, and build effective partnerships to bring effective solutions for Georgia and the nation,” said Georgia Chamber 2013 Board Chair Steve Green. “The business community has benefited greatly from his leadership, his experience, and his commitment to providing Georgia with what it needs to be a place where business can thrive. Our Chamber was grateful for this chance to thank Sen. Chambliss, his family and his staff for their extensive contributions to our state and to congratulate him for a tremendous career in public service.” Federal and state officials were on hand to honor Chambliss, including congressmen Austin Scott and Sanford Bishop, Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp, Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens and members of the Georgia General Assembly. U.S. House Speaker John Boehner filmed a welcoming video for the event while U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, Gov. Nathan Deal and U.S. Rep. Lynn Westmoreland joined others in participating in a congratulatory video highlighting Chambliss’ career accomplishments. The video was narrated by former University of Georgia head football coach and close Chambliss friend Ray Goff.
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