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I got this from the Savannah Morning news....This should be good news, but whoever takes his place will probly have the same political views as him.

Saying he can't be a good father, husband and legislator at the same time, State Rep. Tom Bordeaux is retiring after 16 years in the state House.

Dean of the Chatham County delegation at the capitol, Bordeaux bowed out at a news conference Monday at his Ardsley Park Home.

"It's been the thrill of a lifetime," the Savannah Democrat said, as daughter Annie Lillian, 5, and son Thomas, 3, took turns bouncing in his lap.

Ironically, they each had on green Bordeaux for House campaign T-shirts. A "101 Dalmations" video sat on a nearby stool.

Bordeaux had often admitted being torn between his legislative and family duties, and that had fueled speculation about his political future.

"Lots of dads as they get older get to re-establish their lives with their children," he said. "I'm not going to have that. I'm 52 years old."

"... When I come home from my three months in Atlanta ... my little boy is a lot taller than when I left. And my little girl's writing her letters and numbers a lot better than before, and she learned that without me."

Bordeaux would have been an overwhelming favorite for re-election in his Democratic-leaning mid-to-south Savannah district.

Now, the winner of the July 18 Democratic primary likely will win the job in the November general election. Among those who have expressed interest in running is Chatham County Democratic Vice Chair Joe Steffen.

Bordeaux said he plans to remain active in Chatham County politics and work to get Secretary of State Cathy Cox elected governor.

But most of all, he said, glancing toward his wife, Nelle, "I want to be a good dad and a good husband."

The veteran lawmaker drew salutes from fellow legislators from both parties.

"We're going to miss him terribly," said State Sen. Regina Thomas, D-Savannah. "He brought a wealth of knowledge and wisdom to the table. He accomplished great things for Chatham County."

State Rep. Ron Stephens, R-Savannah, acknowledged that he and Bordeaux often voted differently.

"Even so," Stephens added, "I've leaned on his legal expertise. He reads a whole lot of stuff between the lines. His legal expertise will be missed.

"But you could tell the last couple years his heart was back in Savannah. I know how hard it is to do this job with young children. It's the right decision for him."

An attorney, Bordeaux was elected to the House in 1990.

Former Gov. Zell Miller named him assistant floor leader in Bordeaux's second term, making him the most junior member to hold that post.

Later, he chaired several committees.

As chairman of the Judiciary Committee, he blocked passage of "tort reform" bills to rein in awards in medical malpractice lawsuits.

His staunch opposition to such legislation played a role in his 2004 ouster from that position by then House Speaker Terry Coleman.

"I've left my stamp on a lot of bills," Bordeaux he said. "... I've stopped a lot of bad legislation ... and I've helped shape some good stuff."

His biggest disappointment was the tort reform bill passed last year.

"It's short-sighted," he said. "It's foolish. It doesn't address the problem. It hurts people who don't deserve to get hurt again."

He's still proud of his lopsided 2004 Democratic primary victory over a pro-tort-reform backer who spent about $300,000, much of it from health-care interests.

Bordeaux's conceded he's had less fun over the past two years, during which Republicans have controlled the House.

Still, he was sought out by the news media for his acerbic critiques of GOP policies.

Just last week, he took a verbal swipe at the contention by some Republicans that government should be run like a business.

"I'm not sure which business these Republicans want to run government like," he said, "but based on what I see them doing ... I sure as heck am not going to buy any stock in it."
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