- Associated Press - Friday, April 18, 2014

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama lieutenant governors are remembering the former secretary of the Alabama Senate, McDowell Lee, for his dedication and service to the state and to them.

Lee died Thursday at his home in Auburn at age 89. Until his retirement in 2010, Lee sat at the front of the Senate chamber next to the lieutenant governor and advised the Senate’s presiding officer on the rules and other procedural matters. He also oversaw the Senate staff. Even after his retirement, he continued to help out during legislative sessions.

Lt. Gov. Kay Ivey said Lee “was tough, smart and a joy to be around.”

“As secretary of the Senate, he knew the rules of the Alabama Senate like the back of his hand,” she said Friday.

Three-term Lt. Gov. Jim Folsom Jr. said Lee was a great friend and mentor to all lieutenant governors during his 47 years of service. “The parliamentary rules of the Senate and the body itself were sacred to Mac, and the State of Alabama is a far better place today because of his many years of service,” Folsom said.

Alabama’s first woman lieutenant governor, Lucy Baxley, said Lee was a brilliant man who taught her much about the Senate. “I’ve never worked with a person who I loved as much and respected as much as him,” she said.

A visitation for Lee is scheduled at Jeffcoat-Trant Funeral Home in Opelika from 5-7 p.m. Monday. A graveside service is at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Pea River Presbyterian Church in Clio, his hometown.

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