Congratulations to Senator David Shafer who has just been re-elected as President Pro Tem by the Senate GOP caucus, at the meeting still underway. Shafer faced a challenge from Butch Miller, after Renee Unterman removed her name from consideration. The race was first cast as a tie, but a re-vote moved things along to Shafer.
Senator Shafer released the following statement regarding the caucus elections:
“I am grateful to my fellow Republicans in the Senate for their vote of renewed confidence today. I look forward to working with Senate Majority Leader Bill Cowsert and our new Caucus leadership team in making Georgia the best place to work, worship and raise children.”
The Senate elections, while contested, remark a bit of a change from recent Senate elections. Rather than fight these battles through surrogates (and leaks to fine folks like us), the campaigns have largely been conducted Senator to Senator, with the hopes that differences can quickly be put aside so that the caucus can work with more cohesion than it has during…some other years. There will be a lot of work to do during the next two years, and many in the Senate have suggested they wish to put these elections behind them quickly so they may be able to focus on what is expected to be a relatively long and intense session beginning in less than 2 months.
Bill Cowsert has been elected Majority Leader to replace the retiring Ronnie Chance.
Steve Gooch has been elected Majority Whip to replace the retiring Cecil Staton.
William Ligon is the new Caucus Chairman.
Hunter Hill is the new Caucus Vice-Chairman.
John Wilkinson is the new Caucus Secretary.
Congratulations to all the new Senate/GOP caucus leaders. Now get on to the people’s business.