Mark Burkhalter released the following statement this afternoon:
“It’s time to thank Glenn Richardson for his five years of service as Speaker. All of Georgia wishes the Speaker well including good health and good fortune.
“Glenn Richardson was the right Speaker for the right era, a time when Republicans took the Majority after 134 years in the Minority.
“I certainly understand the gravity of this situation and my responsibilities. I am committed to getting the Georgia House through this transition and beyond.
“Some things we just can’t predict or plan for, and this happens to be one of them. But I am certainly committed to and excited about the opportunities ahead and continuing to work with a talented group of lawmakers.
“This is a chance for both sides of the aisle to come together to help Georgia continue to be a great state and the envy of much of the nation.”