It was a poignant send off for State Representative Sid Miller, who is slated to take leave of office Dec. 31, when friends and supporters gathered Thursday evening at City Hall at City Limits to honor his service to District 59.

Many state and community leaders spoke at the reception, among them Tarleton State University President Dr. Dominic Dottavio, Erath County Sheriff Tommy Bryant, Stephenville Mayor Kenny Weldon, and Republican notables Becky Farrar and John Springer.

“When I think of Sid Miller, a word always comes to my mind: champion,” Dottavio said. “I consider you a champion in every sense of the word.”

Dottavio credited Miller as being a devoted advocate for his alma mater, Tarleton.

Bryant spoke for law enforcement officers statewide.

“On behalf of the law enforcement agencies across this great state, thank you for all of the things you have done to help us over the years,” he said.

Weldon applauded Miller's wife, Debra, for the role she played during the representative's tenure.

“It takes a team, and I know that you together have gone through a lot and have come through with shining colors,” Weldon said. “We want to thank both of you for your sacrifice to this state and to this community.”

All who spoke at the event commended Miller for his conservatism, his leadership and his friendship.

Miller will now be focusing upon his new career as an advocate for the Paladin Policy Group, a legislative and public affairs consulting firm.