Latest Georgia State General Assembly News

1st black Georgia senator elected post-Reconstruction dies

Oct. 25, 2019 4:10 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A former Georgia state senator who was the first black lawmaker elected to the upper chamber after Reconstruction has died. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Tuesday that Sen. Leroy Johnson died at 91. Johnson was elected as a Democrat in 1962, three years before the Voting Rights...

To save rural hospitals, Georgia requires classes for CEOs

Oct. 13, 2019 8:11 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Like many other rural hospitals across the country, Taylor Regional in the small town of Hawkinsville, Georgia, had gone through years of financial troubles. When it approached retired Dr. Skip McDannald for help in 2015, he said he quickly spotted problems. "They were not judicious in the...

Lieberman’s son first Democrat vying for Isakson Senate seat

Oct. 3, 2019 7:57 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — The son of former U.S. senator and vice presidential candidate Joe Lieberman is the first Democrat to enter the race to replace retiring Republican Sen. Johnny Isakson of Georgia. Matt Lieberman’s announcement Thursday says he’s running because he’s “fed up with...

Army veteran wins Coweta County-based Georgia House seat

Oct. 1, 2019 10:07 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — An army veteran and pilot has won the runoff election between two Republicans for a Coweta County-based seat in the Georgia House. Philip Singleton beat Marcy Sakrison to represent House District 71 on Tuesday. Unofficial results from the Georgia secretary of state's office show Singleton...

High-ranking Georgia Republican woman seeks US Senate seat

Sep. 30, 2019 4:35 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — The highest-ranking Republican woman in the Georgia legislature on Monday joined the competition to replace retiring GOP U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson. House Speaker Pro Tempore Jan Jones says she has submitted an application to Republican Gov. Brian Kemp seeking appointment to Isakson's seat....

4 seek southwest Georgia House seat in special election

Sep. 23, 2019 4:50 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Two southwest Georgia mayors are among those seeking a state House seat in a special election. Voters will go to the polls Nov. 5 to choose a successor to Ed Rynders, a Republican who resigned. Qualifying closed Wednesday with three Republicans and one Democrat entering the race. The...

Georgia woman says exterminator saved her life

Sep. 21, 2019 12:05 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) — As an exterminator, Andy Lumry's job is to kill. But one customer — a former first lady of Columbus — is praising him for saving her life. Jane Knight, 89, is the widow of the late mayor (1962-63) and Georgia state senator (1967-68) Steve Knight. She has arthritis and...