This morning the usually raucous Senate is a bit somber. Still reeling from the news that their colleague, Sen. Valencia Seay of Riverdale, is in the hospital, the Senate on Tuesday adjoined quickly to attend the funeral of former Sen. Nancy Schaefer.
Members of the General Assembly chartered a bus to take them to Toccoa where Schaefer and her husband, Bruce Schaefer, are to be buried. The Schaefers were found shot to death last Friday week in their Habersham County home. Investigators believe it was a murder-suicide.
Schaefer was a former two-term Georgia senator and a former Atlanta mayoral candidate known for her Conservative leanings.
Senate Minority Leader Robert Brown said that he and Schaefer often found themselves on the opposite ends of ideological debates.
“But I always found her to be a person of integrity. I will miss knowing her,” Brown said. “Even though she wasn’t in the Senate anymore she continued to let us know what she was concerned about.”