Hawkins Resigns To Run In CD 9 Special Election

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Lee Hawkins Leaves Senate To Run For Congress

(Gainesville)-State Sen. Lee Hawkins today resigned from the Senate in order to seek Georgia’s 9th Congressional District post.
Republican Hawkins’ name will appear on ballots during the April 27 special election to fulfill the unexpired term of U.S. Rep. Nathan Deal. State election laws require Hawkins to resign his seat in order to seek the Congressional office.

“It has been my honor to serve these years in the State Senate and to provide strong, conservative leadership for my home district,” Hawkins said. “We are all excited for this new opportunity to expand our drive for a smaller, more responsible and conservative federal government. I am firmly committed to combating Obamacare and defeating Washington’s liberal elitists with our North Georgia values.”


  1. Tiberius says:

    Is there a runoff? I’ve read the Governor’s writ and it is not mentioned. I’ve read the code section the Governor’s writ cites. 21-2-543. The code section doesn’t mention a runoff.

    Anyone? A Dem got 25% of the vote in ’08. If the GOP is badly split…

    • macho says:

      Always a runoff – OCGA § 21-2-501 No chance a Democrat gets elected in that district.

      Unless, maybe, 40 Republicans run with 2 Democrats on the ballot, and the runoff has both Democrats. For all intents and purposes, an impossible scenario.

  2. Chris says:

    Hawkins resigns. The question is, will anyone notice? Had he done anything in the 3.5 years he’s been up there?

    Besides trying to invade our privacy with the prescription drug monitoring act, that is.

    • HowardRoark says:

      Not important that any of those guys actually accomplish anything before running for another office. Reference: Casey Cagle, Nathan Deal, Brian Kemp.

  3. chefdavid says:

    So if the senate bill gets changed does that mean it goes back to the house and we are going to without a rep? Does that mean even in the unlikely occurance that it only takes 215?

    • ByteMe says:

      Yes. It keeps going back and forth until both chambers agree to the same text. Which is the current Republican plan and maybe the plan of a few Democrats. Absent agreement on a reconciliation bill, the Senate bill is the final bill (for now).

      And even if reconciliation passes, I expect more changes will come after the election on the cost side. For now, no one in the (D) side is going to want to spend more capital on this.

  4. chefdavid says:

    Sorry for the off subject post above. So what does the Dental Assoc. think about this bill? Are they mad because they didn’t get a piece of the pie?
    If a new US government decided to place a federal healthcare monitoring facility, in the former Senator’s District, would he run to the podium and take a picture for the press in support?

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