Surprise: Top Republican Calls It Quits

Just a week after being sworn in for another two-year term in the North Carolina legislature, a popular Republican state senator resigned Monday.

Sen. Louis Pate, an 82-year-old Vietnam War veteran, announced he was stepping down due to major health problems. The former Air Force pilot, who has served in the state’s legislature since 1995, will be sorely missed by his fellow statesmen.

Pate’s “leadership and personal touch made this body more effective, and for that every senator should be grateful,” Senate leader Phil Berger, whose office announced Pate’s departure, said in a news release.

Contrasted with the many recent resignations of prominent politicians and leaders under dubious circumstances, it’s refreshing when a man is able to walk away with his head held high and his honor secure.

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