Republican Sen. Jack Hill “was my mentor and my hero,” the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee said Tuesday. “There was no finer gentleman,” said Sen. Chuck Hufstetler, R-Rome. “In an age where so many people attack on social media and elsewhere, I never heard Jack raise his voice or attack anyone in a speech or discussion.” Hill, of Reidsville, was the chairman of the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee, which controls legislation involving how tax dollars are spent. Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan announced the 75-year-old Hill’s death in a Monday night statement.
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