MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) - Hundreds of politicians and officials from all over the state met at the 2013 annual congressional luncheon in Macon.
This year they honored U-S Senator Saxby Chambliss.
As his term begins to wind down, Senator Chambliss reflected on his time in office, as he was honored in the place where it all began.
"It's been a long 20 years and its hard to believe its been 20 years since I've been there, but gosh what a great run I've had, you know it basically all started right here, my original congressional district included Macon," Chambliss said.
He announced back in January he'll be retiring at the end of his current term.
"We are very proud of the record that we have established in Washington and very proud to have represented nine and half million of the greatest people in America," Chambliss said.
A who's who in the state and also some special guests recognized Chambliss' career at the 2013 Congressional Luncheon, put on by the Georgia Chamber of Commerce.
The US legislator says some of his proudest moments in office have been working across the aisle and also his work on national security issues, but says helping real people gives him the most satisfaction.
"When I have the opportunity to help some widow get her social security straightened out or help some veteran get his problem straightened out....that's where the real satisfaction comes in," Chambliss said.
He's also a strong supporter of Robins Air Force Base and wants to make sure if another round of BRAC hits, the base will still be in good shape.
Georgia Chamber President and CEO Chris Clark says Senator Chambliss is a pioneer and will be recognized as one of the greats.
"I think Senator Chambliss is much like other U.S. Senator kind of like a rare breed these days, these are folks that want to find partnership, they're bi-partisan, they want to find solutions," Clark said.
Chambliss still has about 16 months left in the senate, after that he says he doesn't know what he'll do in retirement.
Regarding who will fill his seat when he leaves, Chambliss says it's a wide open field where any of the candidates could do the job.