Nine senators and 41 House members already are thinking about 2017. They have no opposition in the March 15 primary or the general election in November. Among retiring senators are some of the most influential: Tom Apodaco, Stan Bingham, Bob Rucho, and Fletcher Hartsell. Leo Daughtry is leaving the House after 14 terms and Speaker Pro-Tem Paul Stam are those departing. Most of the top leaders in the House and Senate will serve another term.
May 18: Hosiery and Textiles Day in Legislature