After 50 years of lobbying, Dick Hollahan has announced his retirement. The 78 year old Quincy native surprised many of his friends during the final day of session on Friday, telling folks that he's calling it a career.
"I haven't missed a day of regular session for health reasons. I've never been called by a grand jury and Willie Meggs still talks to me in public."
"I try to bring a little good cheer you see. How many people do you see walking down these halls and say if this bill doesn't pass this afternoon, the whole world will come to a screeching halt. I'm sorry, I don't get that excited anymore."
Hollahan doesn't lobby for big companies anymore, but he is proud of what he has been able to accomplish. The Quincy lobbyist worked hard in the 70's to push for legislation for seat restraints for infants in cars.
"Every time I stop at a red light and look out and see an infant child in one of these seats, I get the satisfaction that I did something right."