It was a tearful farewell in Richmond Friday afternoon, as Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling said goodbye.
He appeared to hold back tears as he presided over his final meeting of the state Senate, where he has served as president for the past eight years.
Members of both political parties took time to thank Bolling, honoring him with a $4,000 donation to the American Red Cross.
"You have certainly set the standard very high on the administration and the oversight of the Senate," said 3rd District Senator Tommy Norment (R).
35th District Senator Dick Saslaw (D) said, "You did an outstanding job, and you were extremely fair, and you're one of the nicest guys I've met."
Bolling will return to private life after 22 years in public service. Senator Ralph Northam will be sworn in as the next lieutenant governor Saturday afternoon.
Sign up to receive NBC29 news and weather updates in your inbox daily.