Tom Crawford via Jim Galloway is reporting that George Hooks has decided to retire rather than compete against fellow Democrat Freddie Powell Simms.
Hooks’ future was the subject of much speculation during Sine Die, and even those close to him were someone confused as to the interpretation of his remarks on the last day of the 2012 General Assembly as to whether he planned to return as a Senator. He has now removed any doubt.
“I’ve got 32 years up there,” Hooks said in a phone interview Friday. “I’ve been floor leader, rules chairman, appropriations chairman, involved in designing the new state flag. It’s been a good run.”
Hooks’ Senate District 14 in southwest Georgia was a victim of stagnant population growth and was eliminated during the reapportionment process last year.
“When I saw the census figures – every county I represented lost population,” Hooks said. “I had nowhere to turn.”
Hooks was the “Dean of the Senate”. Others will no doubt soon tell in the comments section who that title will now fall upon.