and I have been friends and associates for over twenty years.
He came to work for me in 1983 when I chaired the Human Resources Committee of the State Senate and took a position as executive aide to the committee.
In that position which he
held until 1987, Paul
guided my legislation through committees as well as through both houses of the legislature.
also worked with the members of the committee on issues of concern to them or on issues before the committee.
Paul was in charge of preparing our committee for each committee meeting and committee hearing.
During this time, Paul
was immersed in the legislative process on a daily basis and became an expert in both the process of the Georgia legislature and the substance of the legislative issues we dealt with.
The bulk of our work centered on health issues, and Paul
became the authoritative voice.
was sought out by legislators for advice and his
advice was relied upon.
In 1987, Paul left his position with the state to accept a position as Executive Director of the Medical Association of Georgia.
Paul and I worked together on health issues during his years at MAG until I left public service in 1999.
While I was serving Georgia as Lieutenant Governor, Paul was a close confidant of my staff and mine and I depended on him for guidance on health issues that were so important to the state.
I remember specifically seeking his
advice about PeachCare
, a health insurance program for children that has become a model for the nation.
I do not feel that Paul
has received the credit he
deserves for the multitude of health-related laws that he
has strongly influenced.
That is due in part to the fact that he
does not seek credit but is satisfied to simply make good things happen.
One of Paul's great assets was the keen legal mind that he
brought to his
analysis of legislation.
He worked with legislative counsel on the writing of hundreds of bills.
I have personal knowledge that many of his suggestions about the legal aspects of bill drafting were heeded by the legislative counsel and incorporated in the final drafts of important bills that eventually became law.
position at MAG
brought the organization out of the shadows into national prominence.
was recognized as a national leader among state medical organizations.
reached the pinnacle of its political influence under Paul
, a pinnacle from which it has since receded.
I count my days working with Paul Shanor as a blessing to my career.
is not only smart, but he
has rock-solid integrity.
I have never once known him to do anything in his
professional or private life that was not a credit to him and his
family to which he
is very devoted.