Leadership Changes in Georgia Senate

Nobody has all the backroom, inside-inside baseball details on it (yet) but Jim Galloway at the AJC has the relevant facts: Sen. David Shafer has been elected president pro-tem of the Senate, and Sen. Ronnie Chance was elected Majority leader after Sen. Chip Rogers withdrew from that contest. Sen. Cecil Staton won re-election to majority whip. But enough facts! Let the rumor-mongering and speculation begin! That’s what comments are for.UPDATE: In other positions, Sen. Butch Miller won Caucus Chairman, Sen. Judson Hill was elected Caucus Vice-Chairman and Sen. Steve Gooch got stuck with was elected Caucus Secretary.



  1. brasstownhigh says:

    Interesting that every candidate that Bill Cowsert, Tommie Williams and Chip Rogers put on their team got beat.

    It’s clear that the Republican senators want to see an overhaul and change from the last two years.

  2. Bloodhound says:

    I know a LEO in Walton that told me that Sen. Cowsert had himself introduced at the Walton County GOP monthly meeting in October as the Senate ProTem having been already elected to the office.

    I wonder how he ‘splains this?

  3. Andre says:

    The question now is whether the first move by this new leadership team will be to remove and replace Don Balfour as Rules Committee Chairman.

    Quite a few people will be disappointed if Balfour is able to retain his post, given the ethics questions surrounding the Senator from the 9th.

    • Three Jack says:

      So Andre, you expect ethically challenged ‘leaders’ to actually perform ethically? Good luck with that.

  4. Nathan says:

    The list as I understand it (I may be repeating names, but you can live with it):
    David Shafer – Pro-Tem
    Ronnie Chance – Majority Leader
    Cecil Staton – Majority Whip
    Butch Miller – Caucus Chairman
    Judson Hill – Caucus Vice-Chairman
    Steve Gooch – Caucus Secretary

  5. xdog says:

    Galloway’s article suggests Rogers’ jumped before he was pushed. Is that reading correct? I see Rogers answering the private sector call soon.

    Ronnie Chance seems like an interesting guy–he’s tight with both Georgia Conservation Voters and Americans for Prosperity, he works with a special needs school, he’s married to an Englishwoman, he looks about 26.

    • Atticus Grinch says:

      Well, Will the Winner is about to have some bills that need paying that exceed the reach of a government paycheck. Hamilton State Bank foreclosed on the hotel property in Calhoun, Georgia and then obtained an order from a Judge in Calhoun that allows the Bank to sue Rogers and Congressman Graves on the deficiency on the Note that they have have not paid. It will be interesting to see if their slick Atlanta lawyer can get them out of this jam.

  6. Charlie says:

    In other news, Senator Balfour did not attend todays retreat, opting for the friendly confines of Las Vegas and the RGA meeting instead.

    Cue the fat lady and play some Wagner.

    • bowersville says:

      Here’s what Galloway at P/I had to say this morning:

      Senate Rules Chairman Don Balfour of Snellville did not attend the meeting. But his vote was placed in the hands of (Tommie) Williams and was cast by proxy. This puts Balfour on the wrong side of an important battle, and could indicate his time as chairman of the Senate’s most influential committee is about to come to an end.

  7. Dave Bearse says:

    Rogers is gone because even GOP tolerance for tin foil hats has its limits. A Better Georgia captuted the first 52 minutes of the Oct 11 closed door caucus convened by Rogers where he talked about Obama’s “war on the suburbs”, and featured anti-Agenda 21 nuttery.

    Field Searcy, Obama birth certificate and the collapse of World Trade Center Tower 7 conspiracy theorist, emceed. The video presentation also featured a cameo from conservative talking-head Dick Morris that warns that Obama “wants to force everyone into the cities from whence our ancestors fled.”

    About 23 minutes into the briefing, Searcy explains how Obama, aided by liberal organizations like the Center for American Progress and local chambers of commerce, are secretly using mind-control techniques to push their plan for forcible relocation on the gullible public […]

    • Baker says:

      Thanks for pointing out the Field Searcy connection. I haven’t read much of these goings on and didn’t know he was in on it. That seals the insanity.

      • Scott65 says:

        But Gov Deal did appoint him to the “digital learning task force”…the guy who wants to define broadband as 200/kbps (basically dial up). Way to go Nathan…you’re just hittin’ ’em outta the park these days

      • The Last Democrat in Georgia says:

        Katherine, Scott65:
        State Senator Rogers’ support of anti-Agenda 21 policies alone didn’t have much, if anything, to do with Rogers not having enough support to continue in his leadership role in the State Senate.

        Fear of Agenda 21-driven policies, while not necessarily all the way totally mainstream in Republican politics, is not all that uncommon of a belief within the Conservative political circles that dominate the Georgia political scene.

        Just Rogers’ support of anti-Agenda 21 policies alone would not have been anywhere near enough to get him booted out of his leadership post in the State Senate, but the failed coup attempt/power play against Lt. Governor Cagle, the motel loan fiasco, the T-SPLOST fiasco, and the allegations that Rogers’ was a gambling tout when combined together was enough to make the Senate think that a definite change of direction for a legislative body that has been increasingly dysfunctional over the past couple of years.

  8. It was clearly time for a change, and it’s fair to say that most Republicans are giving a high five about the change of leadership at the top. The roller coaster of unpaid loans, lawsuits, the senate trust investigation, the lack of transparency on gambling deals and the oddity headlines — most had had enough.

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