It was officially announced on Monday evening that Senator Jeff Mullis (R-Chickamauga) would succeed fellow Senator Don Balfour (R-Snellville) as the Senate’s Rules chairman. It’s a distinct honor to be selected as such, and I certainly wish Senator well in his new position within the Senate.
Senator Mullis is my state senator and my friend as well. He’s gotten some heat over some of the policies, mainly T-SPLOST. Which he did explain that he originally wanted it as a per-county option, but former Governor Sonny Perdue wanted a statewide option. The compromise was the transportation districts. A lot of the legislative process does involve compromise. Anyway, we’ve sliced, diced, chunked, and topped that conversation plenty of times before the July 31, 2012 election and after the election. That’s not what I want to talk about.
I just wanted to take a point of personal privilege and congratulate my friend on his appointment. I think it’s pretty outstanding to see someone from Chickamauga, GA (a place that most folks have heard about as a battle during the War of Northern Aggression but seem to have a tough time pronouncing) become one of the more influential people in the state. I hope he will be open to advise and opinions from both sides and seek wisdom to do what’s best for Georgians. I hope that Senator Mullis will use the opportunity to get conservative legislation, like stronger pro-gun rights legislation, meaningful tax reform (I’m liking what I see in S.R. 8 sponsored by Senator Josh McKoon (R-Columbus)), and other policies to keep the State of Georgia strong, to the Senate floor and passed by the chamber.