After spending eight years serving middle Georgia as a congressman, Jim Marshall might be ready to slow down a bit. Marshall was defeated by republican Austin Scott in the November election and says he's proud of his time spent in office.
"Well I've accepted an invitation to go teach at Princeton next semester and I'll probably get on a board in the financial services industry. Other than that things are fairly uncertain right now, I'm just looking around trying to figure out what I'm going to be doing now that I've grown up," said Marshall.
Marshall plans to go back and forth from Princeton, Washington D.C. and Macon and will be teaching military security to graduate students at Princeton.
"You've got an awful lot of people who are familiar with the military and an awful lot of people who are familiar with politics, but there are not that many people who are familiar with both. It's the intersection of the two that I'll be focusing on," said Marshall.
Marshall reflects on his most memorable accomplishments,
"There are rural hospitals that are open today that would not have been open but for a campaign that I lead to get CMS to do right by particular regulation. Disabled vets, military retirees are able to get their disability benefits and their retirement benefits and billion additional dollars per year," said Marshall.
With a background in law, business, and the military Marshall says he's looking to fulfill an opportunity in one of those fields, but he won't discount a political move in the future.
"I don't preclude running again for political office; I'm not planning on it right now,” said Marshall.
Marshall says one benefit of having a few days out of the office is catching up on some much need family time.
"If I were going to continue as a member of congress I would have spent a week traveling with the chief staff of the army over Christmas visiting troops, now I've been with my family," said Marshall.
Marshall said the one of the toughest decisions he made in office was voting in favor of the Tarp Bill that bailed out Wall Street.