It's different being back at the State House today. There is an emptiness both literally and figuratively. We loss a great Representative and friend, Rep. Bill Noon of Sanford.
I had the pleasure of being his seatmate for each session I've been in office, in fact we entered politics the same year and were sworn in together. He was a steady voice of reason and humor in moments I felt stressed throughout our turbulent time up here. He was my go-to on agriculture issues as he always stood up for farmers and locally grown food, being a farmer himself.
He truly was the nicest person you would ever meet. He fought a tough battle of cancer, something that impacts so many people and families. Bill could have just quit serving the people of our state when he got the diagnosis, but Bill was a fighter.
In between cancer treatments and chemo, he came back to cast important votes and be a constant presence even though he had immense health challenges. THAT is commitment. THAT is service. THAT is what each of us should strive for each and every day. He cared deeply about people's lives. As we conclude state business on this final day of the legislative session, I feel Bill is with us, watching over us, as we keep him and his family in our thoughts. Bill will be sorely missed.