Latest Georgia State General Assembly News

Investigation finds no residency violation by Walker's wife

Sep. 21, 2021 11:39 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia election investigators found that U.S. Senate candidate Herschel Walker’s wife did not commit any residency violation by voting in Georgia in the 2020 general election after requesting an absentee ballot be sent to Texas. The secretary of...

Former Savannah mayor running for vacant Georgia House seat

Sep. 10, 2021 14:01 PM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A former Savannah mayor is running to fill a vacant seat in the Georgia legislature. Edna Jackson filed qualifying paperwork this week for the Nov. 2 special election for state House District 165. Jackson became the first...

Kemp sets selection to fill state House seat in Savannah

Sep. 04, 2021 12:45 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp on Friday set a Nov. 2 special election to replace a Democratic state House member who died. Rep. Mickey Stephens of Savannah died Aug. 14. He represented District 165, which covers parts of Chatham County. ...

Rules don't require advance look at Georgia legislative maps

Aug. 30, 2021 19:03 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia state lawmakers will use the same the guidelines as in 2010 to redraw congressional, legislative and other electoral districts, meaning lawmakers are not required to give members of the public an advance look at the plans and are not required to consider whether...

Trump-backed Herschel Walker seeks Georgia Senate seat

Aug. 24, 2021 19:25 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Herschel Walker on Tuesday filed paperwork to run for U.S. Senate in Georgia after months of speculation, joining other Republicans seeking to unseat Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock in 2022. Walker, 59, joins the race with high name recognition, having...

Investigation opened into Herschel Walker's wife's residency

Aug. 19, 2021 18:19 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — State election officials opened an investigation into the residency of potential U.S. Senate candidate Herschel Walker's wife after a newspaper reported that records show she voted in Georgia despite living in Texas. The Secretary of State's office opened...

Longtime Georgia House member, 77, dies after long illness

Aug. 15, 2021 18:08 PM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Georgia is mourning a longtime legislator who was re-elected last year even though illness had sidelined him since 2019. Rep. Mickey Stephens, a Savannah Democrat born as Edward Stephens, was 77. “Mickey was a dedicated...

Georgia gets more urban and diverse as white residents dip

Aug. 12, 2021 19:00 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia is growing ever more urban and ever more diverse, Census figures released Thursday show, continuing a shift in population toward metro Atlanta and away from the rural areas that were once the backbone of the state. The state's fastest-growing...

Trump-linked Georgia lawmaker to run for lieutenant governor

Aug. 07, 2021 15:29 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — State Sen. Burt Jones has filed to run for lieutenant governor in Georgia, launching another Republican candidacy that will be closely tied to denying Donald Trump's 2020 loss of Georgia's 16 electoral votes. Jones, of Jackson, filed state campaign...

Georgia GOP starts push for takeover of local election board

Jul. 30, 2021 19:03 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Republican lawmakers in Georgia have started a process that could lead to a takeover of elections in the state’s most populous county. Many in the GOP continue to claim wrongdoing in reliably Democratic Fulton County had stolen the 2020 election from...