Jim Bennett

Jim Bennett

In this Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012 photo, former Labor Commissioner Jim Bennett poses for a photo during an interview in Montgomery, Ala. Bennett has wrapped up a career that kept him around Alabama government for a half century as a political reporter, legislator, secretary of state and Cabinet member for two governors. Bennett retired Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012, as labor commissioner in Gov. Robert Bentley's Cabinet. The 72-year-old Bennett says he's an example of the change in state government. He first held public office as a Democrat and ended up a Republican. Bennett said a Republican was an oddity when he got elected to the Alabama House in 1978, and now it's hard for a Democrat to win a statewide office. (AP Photo/Phillip Rawls)

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