Hundreds gather to honor Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey

KINGSPORT, Tenn. (WJHL)– Hundreds of people in the Tri-Cities paid tribute to a local Tennessee lawmaker Saturday night.

Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey is one of the longest serving politicians in Tennessee, representing Sullivan County for more than two decades.

Ramsey announced he will retire earlier this year.

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“I’m proud of what I’ve been able to accomplish, but I have decided it’s time to hang it up,” said Ramsey.

Over 600 people gathered to honor the lawmaker at the 2016 Reagan Day Dinner at Kingsport’s MeadowView Conference Center.

Ramsey has a long list of legislative accomplishments, including relentlessly pushing for more gains until Republicans reached their current 28 to 5 advantage in the Senate.

“He has really revolutionized public service as we know it in Tennessee,” said State Senate Majority Leader, Mark Norris. “Giving us the super majority….has really enabled us to make a lot of change for the better in the state and we are indebted to him for that.”

Leaders across the state of Tennessee attribute many success stories to Lt. Gov. Ramsey, and said he will be greatly missed.

“We are like a family,” said Senator Rusty Crowe (R- Johnson City). “It’s a great relationship and we are going to miss that.”

Featured speakers included Secretary of State, Tre Hargett, Rep. Phil Roe, Rep. Bud Hulsey, Rep. Timothy Hill and Rep. John Lundberg.

“He leaves a legacy of how to get things done,” said Hargett. “He’s been a role model for so many people, and he leaves behind a very good strong group of state Senators.”

Ramsey said it has been an honor to serve the state, but now he wants to focus on spending time with his family.

“It’s all about keeping your priorities, and making sure you don’t get caught up in the fact that you are a state Senator or the fact you are Lt. Gov,” he said. “Remember what’s important in life.”

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