Sen. John Crosby to retire from Georgia Legislature

Following the recent death of his daughter, Sen. John Crosby says he will focus on home and his grandchildren

State Sen. John D. Crosby has announced he will leave the Georgia Senate when his term expires in 2014. (Special photo)

State Sen. John D. Crosby has announced he will leave the Georgia Senate when his term expires in 2014. (Special photo)

TIFTON — State Sen. John Crosby, R-Tifton, has announced he will not seek re-election to his District 13 seat, which includes Lee and Worth counties.

Crosby, in a faxed statement Tuesday, said he has enjoyed representing the district, but that the 2014 General Assembly session would be his last. He said the recent death of he and his wife Rose’s daughter, Beverly Clyburn, impacted his decision to leave the Legislature and focus more on home.

“It’s been an honor to serve the people of the 13th District for the past five years,” Crosby said. “I’ve made new friends, and I hope I have made a difference in people’s lives.

“But I’ve got four grandkids that want to go fishing with grandpa and, while I’ve liked being a senator, it’s time to be grandpa for a while.”

A superior court judge for the Tift Judicial Circuit for 20 years until his 2000 retirement, Crosby was elected in 2008 to represent the district, which includes Lee, Worth, Crisp, Turner, Dooly, Wilcox and Dodge counties and part of Tift and Sumter counties. Formerly, Ben Hill and Irwin counties were in the district.

“I have enjoyed my time at the Capitol,” Crosby said, “and I treasure the friendships I made there.

“I thank all those folks who befriended me and worked with me to help the 13th District. I especially want to thank our lieutenant governor, Casey Cagle. It has been a pleasure working with him, as well as all of our leadership in Atlanta.”

In the Senate, Crosby chairs the Banking and Financial Institutions Committee and is vice chair of the Ethics and Judiciary committees, previously chairing the Ethics panel. He also serves on the Senate Appropriations and Judiciary Non-Civil committees.

A native of Cook County, Crosby practiced law from 1963 until his election to the Tift Circuit Superior Court bench in 1980. He served as a senior judge until his election to the Legislature and is a former Tifton city commissioner and Tift State Court judge (1971-78).

He and his wife, Rose, have a son, Jeff Crosby of Adel, and four grandchildren.