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7 Things to Know about Sen.Saxby Chambliss (R-GA)

Associated Press

1. He recently hit a hole-in-one while golfing with the President. From The Hill:

“Chambliss’s office said the shot happened on the 11th hole at the Joint Base Andrews course in Maryland. But Chambliss didn’t talk up the achievement in a statement to The Hill. “We had a delightful day of golf with folks who enjoy playing the game," he said. "We talked some business, but it was mainly a day for everyone to get away from the office for a little while.”

2. He won’t be running for a third term in the Senate and he’s look forward to life after Washington. From The Atlanta Journal Constitution:

“I’m going to have a life after this,” Chambliss said. “Sitting on a back porch drinking whisky with some of y’all is exciting to think about.”

3. In 2005, he played a round of golf with Tiger Woods. From Roll Call  

“Chambliss played a foursome with Woods, Tom Ryan, owner of the CVS pharmacy chain, and Gene Lee, president of RARE Hospitality International Inc., which owns the Longhorn and Capital Grille restaurant chains.”

4. His last General Election opponent, Jim Martin (D-GA), was also his fraternity brother at the University of Georgia. From The Wall Street Journal    

“Saxby’s circle of friends were a little bit older than mine,” Martin told a political forum last week. “But we were, and still are, friends. I never take politics personally.” Chambliss was two years ahead of Martin, but he said the two attended many of the same social functions. Chambliss’s wife was the “sweetheart” of Martin’s pledge class. “He was not in the group I’d go out and have a beer with, but I’ve always liked Jim,” Chambliss told the paper. “He’s a pretty good guy.”

5. He and former Vice President Dick Cheney were “hunting buddies” during the Bush administration. From the Washington Post   

"He (Cheney) had to have a way to relieve himself but also to take advantage of some business opportunities," said Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.), another frequent hunting partner.

6. Saxby is actually the senator’s middle name. Again from the Washington Post:

His given first name is Clarence. Chambliss’s maternal grandfather was Clarence Saxby Anderson.”  

7. His freehand drawing of the state of Georgia appeared in a 2009 issue of National Geographic. From National Geographic: