It was ironic that Sen. David Long came in for some of the blame when this year's regular legislative session ended in chaos. Throughout his 12 years as Senate president pro tem, the Fort Wayne Republican has acquired a reputation for calm, moderate and effective leadership.
Early in this year's session, Long, who has been a senator since 1996, announced he would step down at the end of the year. This was not good news for Fort Wayne and northeast Indiana, which undoubtedly benefited from Long's powerful role in Indianapolis. But Long was a politician who worked for the good of the state as a whole even as he watched out for the city and the region.
Long made himself accessible and was known for the courteous and respectful way he treated constituents and journalists, even when he disagreed with them.
Monday, Republicans chose Martinsville Republican Sen. Rod Bray as his replacement.
Long will be missed. We wish him well.