Prince, a former Glenn Hills High School sports standout who retired from the Army as a lieutenant colonel, won a special election runoff Dec. 3 to complete the term of Rep. Quincy Murphy, D-Augusta, who died of cancer in August.
State Court Judge David D. Watkins, who administered the oath, recalled growing up in the same neighborhood with Prince, State Court Solicitor Kellie Kenner McIntyre and “nine boys” who all lived within a quarter mile of each other.
“Because you had so many boys in the neighborhood, most of the family members had to adopt that principle where you love boys hard, and you manage them just as firmly,” Watkins said with a grin.
For that reason, Prince grew up “in a loving neighborhood” with strong values, Watkins said.
“I can tell you, you have put your faith in a good cause and a good person,” the judge said.
The reticent Prince grew teary-eyed, saying just a few words before inviting guests to a reception at the Lucy C. Laney Museum. He thanked his children, wife and mother, who he said was his “mother, father and everything else” raising him.
“I will do everything the best I can,” Prince said. “I will listen. I’m here to learn, but I’m also here to listen.”