Sen. Robert Adley, right, talks with Ed and Janet LaBruyere who attended a reception that honored him for his years of public service to district 36. Michelle Bates/Press-Herald

Dignitaries, friends, family and fellow legislative members came to Northwest Louisiana Technical College in Minden Monday to wish outgoing Sen. Robert Adley well as he retires at the end of this year.

Adley, who will not seek another term, was honored through presentations and lauded with stories of his successes and determination during his some 40 years of public service.

“I have been so blessed to serve in the capacity that I’ve been in,” Adley said during the reception. “These seats that we sit in down in Baton Rouge, they’re not ours. They’re yours. You as a constituent made it incredible for us. You treated us well, you treated us kindly. You’ve made me so proud just to be called your senator.”

“He’s been a good mentor for me,” state Rep. Gene Reynolds told the audience.
Others touted him for his hard work in revitalizing the community and technical education system. While it was years in the making, and some did not live to see it, interim director Dianne Clark says that without Adley and those who worked with him, NWLTC would literally not be standing today.

Briefly, she told the story of how the realization of the new campus came about.
She thanked Adley for his determination in helping make sure the construction of NWLTC came through.

Adley says he will spend time with his grandchildren in South Carolina, then he and his wife Claudia will return to Louisiana where they will remain.

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