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In 2004, then-5-month-old granddaughter Sophia Senn Wyss was Tom Wyss' guest on the Senate floor.

Wyss honored by commissioners

The Allen County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday paid tribute to retiring state Sen. Tom Wyss at its legislative recap breakfast.

Wyss, whose 15th Senate District covers portions of Allen County, received an engraved glass award and a resolution recognizing him for his "extraordinary life as a public servant."

Wyss began his political career as an Allen County councilman from 1976 to 1985. He served in the Indiana State Senate for nearly 30 years, during which he chaired the Committee on Homeland Security, Transportation, and Veterans Affairs and has been a member of the Committees on Appropriations, Local Government, and Rules and Legislative Procedure.

The commissioners' resolution noted several of Wyss' legislative accomplishments, including authoring bills requiring everyone to wear a seat belt, prohibiting the practice of texting while driving, and lowering the legal limit of the state's drunken driving law to .08.

Wyss was also recognized for his role in creating the Indiana Commission on Military and Veterans Affairs and authoring Indiana's most comprehensive military veterans' benefits legislation.

The commissioners congratulated Wyss upon his retirement and encouraged residents "to thank him for his diligent work and years of honorable service and wish him the best of luck as he embarks upon the next chapter of a life already well-lived."

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