Editor’s Note: This article was written in response to the Dec. 3 opinion column by Matthew Dodge, “Richard B. Russell’s Name Should Be Removed from the U.S. Courthouse.”

In 1996, I realized a lifelong dream. Georgia elected me as United States senator. I succeeded retiring Sen. Sam Nunn. He had held the seat of my hero, Sen. Dick Russell from Winder. Russell was my hero for many reasons.

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