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TO INVITE THE HONORABLE ERNEST F. "FRITZ" HOLLINGS, DISTINGUISHED FORMER GOVERNOR AND UNITED STATES SENATOR OF SOUTH CAROLINA, TO ADDRESS THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY IN JOINT SESSION AT 12:00 NOON ON WEDNESDAY, MAY 11, 2005.
Whereas, the Honorable Ernest Frederick "Fritz" Hollings of Charleston served the people of South Carolina since 1949; and
Whereas, Fritz Hollings is one of the state's outstanding leaders and statesmen of the modern era; and
Whereas, Senator Hollings has served in the South Carolina House of Representatives, as President of the South Carolina Senate, as Lieutenant Governor, as Governor, and as United States Senator; and
Whereas, he presided over the South Carolina Senate from 1955 through 1959 - maintaining order and discipline during some tumultuous budget times; and
Whereas, under his leadership as Governor, for the first time since 1895, South Carolina had a balanced budget; and
Whereas, Fritz Hollings is known as the "Father of Technical Education" in this State - establishing a system which enabled South Carolinians who grew up on farms and in mill towns to learn marketable vocational skills for the first time; and
Whereas, after thirty-eight years of service in the United States Senate, Senator Hollings retired from elected office but will never retire from working for the people of South Carolina; and
Whereas, the members of the General Assembly are desirous of asking Senator Hollings to address them in joint session. Now, therefore,
Be it resolved by the Senate, the House of Representatives concurring:
That the Honorable Ernest F. "Fritz" Hollings, distinguished former Governor and United States Senator of South Carolina, is invited to address the General Assembly in joint session at 12:00 noon on Wednesday, May 11, 2005.
Be it further resolved that a copy of this resolution be forwarded to Senator Hollings.
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