The resignation of Tommy Williams from his Senate seat and chairman of the Senate Finance committee is shocking. Williams was at the top of the pyramid. He will certainly enjoy a soft landing in his government relations position with Texas A&M University. Williams was a superb chair of Senate Finance, notwithstanding a couple of tantrums in negotiations with House conferees. His departure leaves a big hole in the talent pool in the Senate. It should not come as a total surprise, since Williams had already opted out of a race for comptroller. I wish him well in his future endeavors.