For nearly 40 years, state Sen. Hank Sanders of Selma was a fixture of the Alabama Statehouse.
Sanders, 76, did not seek re-election last year after nine terms in office. When lawmakers convene next month, Senate District 23 will be represented by another member of the Sanders family. His daughter, Sen. Malika Sanders-Fortier, won election to her father's longtime Senate seat last November.
The long-serving Democrat said he has no regrets about leaving state politics, because he says he is leaving the district in good hands.