Raney Gilliland is retiring next month as the director of Legislative Research after working 40 years for the department.
Gilliland recently notified leading lawmakers of his intention to retire on March 11.
He has worked his entire career for the Legislature's research branch, starting out in January 1979 as a specialist in agriculture, natural resources, the environment and water.
He's been the research director since 2012 when he replaced Alan Conroy, who left to head up the state's pension system. He became an assistant research director in 2006. He oversees a staff of 44.
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