LEGISLATIVE NEWS 

Election Results 

 

Gubernatorial, Lt. Gov., and State School Superintendent Race Certified

After a hard-fought campaign separated by only 54,723 votes, former Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp was certified as Georgia’s Governor-elect. Lt. Governor-elect Geoff Duncan has announced his team, which includes former House Education Committee member Mike Dudgeon.  Incumbent State School Superintendent Richard Woods prevailed in a less-contentious race and will continue his leadership of Georgia schools.

 

In addition to new statewide officers, the House Education, Retirement, and Rules committees will have new chairs due to the retirements of House Ed Chair Brooks Coleman (R-Duluth) and House Retirement Chair Paul Battles (R-Cartersville) and the recent death of Rules Committee Chair John Meadows (R-Calhoun). The Senate Education and Youth Committee is expected to change leadership as former chair Lindsey Tippins (R-Marietta) stepped down as chair during the 2018 general assembly; longtime Senate Ed member Fran Millar (R-Atlanta) lost to a democratic opponent in the general election. The House Ed Committee membership will look very different in 2019 since members Beth Beskin (R-Atlanta), Sam Teasley (R-Marietta), and Scott Hilton (R-Peachtree Corners) all lost their races. Three members of House Ed: David Casas (R-Lilburn), Joyce Chandler (R-Grayson), and Howard Maxwell (R-Dallas) declined to run again, and committee member Buzz Brockway (R-Lawrenceville) ran for Secretary of State and lost to Brad Raffensperger in the Republican primary.

  

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