MANATEE Sen. Mike Bennett, R-Bradenton, has said his goodbyes.
The veteran legislator, who cannot run for re-election due to term limits, gave a farewell speech Friday morning on the Senate floor in Tallahassee.
Bennett briefly thanked the group, looked back on his service and gave them a little advice going forward.
He has served 12 years in the Florida Legislature, the first two in the House and past 10 in the Senate.
But he hopes his career in public service isn’t quite over yet.
Bennett, who briefly tossed around the idea of running for Congress or the Manatee County Commission, instead has announced plans to seek the Manatee County Supervisor of Elections seat.
He also has spoken with Gov. Rick Scott about different potential board appointments.
Bennett owns several businesses in the Bradenton area, including the Ellenton Ice and Sports Complex, Linger Lodge restaurant and some real estate investments.
“It’s been the most addicting thing I have ever done in my life,” Bennett said. “I just love it. But by the time you learn to work the system and overcome the lobbyists and bureaucrats, you’re termed out.”
Josh Salman, Herald business writer, can be reached at 941-745-7095. Follow him on Twitter@Josh Salman