The House has chosen Larry O’Neal over James Mills to be the new House Majority Leader during a caucus meeting underway at the State Capitol. The vote was taken in the House chamber where the majority party filled the vacated position left open with the retirement of Jerry Keen.
The battle was one of both Hall County vs. Rural/South Georgia, but was also one of fiscal conservatives vs. social conservatives. Larry O’Neal is known for his understanding of both the budget and tax policy. Mills is best known for staunch social conservative stances.
The outcome preserves a position of leadership in Houston County that is losing a Governor, and is the home of Georgia ledgends Sam Nunn and Richard Russell. Hall County will just have to settle for having a Governor and Lt. Governor, with the House Speaker from the same congressional district.