COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Wednesday night some prominent members of the community roasted and toasted one of the state's most colorful lawmakers.
Richland County Senator Kay Patterson retires at the end of the 2008 legislative session.
Patterson has been a legislator more than 34 years, all but ten of those as a state senator.
There was a big gala held in his honor Wednesday at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention center.
His friends and colleagues had a good time telling funny stories about the senator's time in office.
"When I was first asked to do this roast, I said I thought Kay Patterson was dead," said former Governor Jim Hodges.
"I am impressed by hypocrisy tonight. The City of Columbia gave Kay the key to the city and then they went around and changed all the locks," said Midlands businessman I.S. Leevy Johnson.
Senator Patterson says he plans to spend his retirement enjoying his grandchildren.