U.S. Senator Saxby Chambliss is not seeking re-election in the upcoming Senate race, but he said Monday at a luncheon at the Macon Chamber of Commerce that he still has much work to do.
The outgoing senator said, "Whether I'm in the Senate or out of the Senate, I will always be a strong supporter of Robins Air Force Base."
Chambliss was elected to the senate in 2002, and since 2005, he's been a strong defender of Georgia's defense installations. He stood with Georgia's military bases when the last round of Base Realignment and Closure Commission met.
When asked about Robins Air Force Base, he said, "It's such a great asset to the country, not just to Middle Georgia. And we've been very fortunate in Georgia that we've only had a couple bases closed over, the now, three rounds of BRAC that we've gone through."
He added that there may be another round moving forward if sequestration stays in place, but he noted that Robins is in good shape going into the next round of BRAC if it happens.
Republicans running for Chambliss' vacant seat are Phil Gingrey from Marietta, Paul Broun of Athens, Jack Kingston of Savannah, former Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel and Macon businessman David Perdue..
Democrats include Michelle Nunn, daughter of former senator Sam Nunn, and Atlanta doctor Branko Radulovacki.