The first day of the 2011 legislative session was the last day of presiding over the Senate for Lt. Governor Andre Bauer.
It’s a little bit emotional today. It’s bitter sweet. I’ve been here a long time. Seems to me a long time. Probably, never in history, I was counting it today, I’ve run against nine members at General Assembly. I don’t know that anyone’s ever run against that many of them. It took a lot of skin off my hide to run against nine people that had served either in this body or the other body, and the Governor’s son.
He commended the Senate for changing the role of the office, adding the Department of Aging. Bauer says the upcoming year will be a challenge.
We’ve got some very, very difficult decisions to make this year on what we do as a state and it will not be easy. And I’m going to be watching by the side lines, and may from time to time engage in what I think’s important, especially what’s the senior issues. But I guess I just send off by saying ‘thank you.’ I appreciate your friendship.
Bauer unsuccessfully ran for governor this past year, but he has come close, when the whereabouts of Gov. Mark Sanford were unknown two summers ago.
When the chief justice of the Supreme Court says, ‘ Get ready. I’m going to swear you in tomorrow.’ It has been a tumultuous eight years as Lieutenant Governor.
Bauer for now, heads into the private sector.