The state Senate on Wednesday adjourned in honor of Ellie Kinnaird, the longtime senator who resigned her seat recently to concentrate on grassroots organizing.
On Sen. Floyd McKissick's motion, senators spoke fondly of the Democrat from Orange County.
Sen. Jerry Tillman, a Republican from Archdale, said, "Ellie was an unabashed liberal. ... Be whatever you are, but be that," Tillman said.
Tillman said Kinnaird was a hard-working lawmaker who came to every Republican event she was invited to -- and probably some she wasn't.