hailed for safety laws work
as a veteran lawmaker focused on protecting Hoosiers.
was one of five senators not seeking re-election feted by the chamber.
There were tears, laughter and a slideshow of pictures highlighting their lives.
, 70, will finish his
term, which runs through the November election.
career deals with safety.
In 2001, after an 11-year battle, he
helped pass the states drunken-driving law establishing the blood-alcohol level of 0.08 percent as the legal limit.
Wyss also spearheaded other key proposals to protect Hoosiers, including co-authoring legislation to prohibit the practice of texting while driving and becoming a national expert on homeland security matters.
Ive never done anything in my life that has been more rewarding or more satisfying than being a senator and being involved in this process, Wyss said Tuesday, at times holding back tears.
said going back to his
days on county council, public safety and transportation have always been his
The moderate Republican is chairman of the Senate Homeland Security
and Veterans Affairs Committee
political career on the Allen County Council
Wyss entered the Indiana Senate in 1985 and has been on several committees including Appropriations, Local Government and Rules and Legislative Procedure.
said that making the decision to retire has been tough but in the end being able to make that decision on your own is the way to go out.
In addition to the resolution offered Tuesday, state homeland security officials named the Indiana Intelligence Fusion Center after Wyss and the State Fire Marshals Office presented him with an honorary service medal.
A Purdue University graduate, Wyss is also retired from General Electric Systems.
late wife, Shirley, have two daughters and five grandchildren.
This is a family affair, Wyss
said of his
colleagues, staff and even lobbyists in the hallway.