Sen. Pruitt Resigns
Saying he’s accomplished all he set out to do and wishing to spend more time with his family, Sen. Ken Pruitt said Friday he will retire in August from the Florida Senate.
Following a meeting Friday morning with Gov. Charlie Crist, the Port St. Lucie Republican cited economic considerations, health reasons and an already successful tenure for his decision to cut short his last term, which was slated to expire in 2010. With three children in college, Pruitt said finances have played a significant role in his decision to step down early. After speaking with wife, Aileen, over the past several months, Pruitt, 52, said it’s time to return to the private sector. He informed Gov. Charlie Crist of his plans Friday morning. His last day will be Aug 4.
“It just came to the point in time where we looked at each other and said, 'It's been a successful journey and now it’s time to go home,'” Pruitt said.
Pruitt’s political career includes a host of legacies including the creation of Florida Bright Futures Scholarship and Lake Okeechobee cleanup legislation.
“I can say that he will certainly go down as someone who will be considered among the legends of the Florida Legislature,” said Senate President Jeff Atwater, who succeeded Pruitt as president of the chamber.