BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) -- State Representative Jody Richards spoke at Bowling Green's Rotary Club luncheon on Wednesday.
The 20th District Democrat is a long-time member of the Rotary Club.
During his visit, he spoke about his experiences over the last 42 years in the Kentucky House. He says he's proud of legislation that was passed during his tenure including things that led to improvements in Bowling Green's roadways, education, and the Kentucky Transpark.
Representative Richards got emotional during his speech saying, "I've tried to conduct myself in a way that you would be proud of."
He says when his career in the legislature first started, he didn't realize what the future would hold for him.
"Well I didn't intend to stay in the legislature very long. I thought maybe six years would do me but then I got to be Chairman of the Education Committee and then in leadership and then Speaker, and we were able to do some things for the state and for this community and so I just kept going," he says.
Representative Richards says he plans on staying busy in his retirement. He'll be teaching some Kentucky Government classes at WKU and says he hopes to be able to travel.
The two candidates now running for the 20th District seat are Patti Minter (D) and Ben Lawson (R). They'll face off in the general election in November.