Jim Hood, who has served for many session in Pierre as a Lobbyist, has announced his retirement as a lobbyist as recently noted by Bob Mercer. But before he was a lobbyist, Jim was a State Representative and served as Speaker of the House of Representatives.
It’s noteworthy to me, as back before that, Representative Hood was the chair of the Judiciary Committee, which I where I met him as I was assigned as his legislative Intern for the 1988 Legislative session.
What can I tell you about my memories of my brief time working with him? I can honestly say that former Representative Hood is as genuine a person as you’d ever meet. A gentlemen from a time when politics were a bit more convivial than they seem to be in this day and age where elbows seem to be sharper, and people can be a bit more grouchy. He acted with fairness, and treated everyone the same, whether they were a captain of industry, or an intern as green as the grass on the lawn.
Congratulations on your retirement Jim. And best wishes for a happy one, very much deserved.