In a show of bipartisanship, Senate Minority Leader Steve Henson (D-Tucker) has endorsed Senator David Shafer (R-Duluth) for re-election as President Pro-Tempore of the Georgia State Senate. Sen. Henson is quoted in a press release sent out shortly after Sen. Shafer was successfully re-nominated by his Party’s Senate Caucus:
“I congratulate Sen. David Shafer on his re-nomination as President Pro Tempore. Sen. Shafer has always had an open door for the Minority Caucus and is willing to work fairly with us to address the concerns of the people we represent. I will be proud to second his nomination and fully expect Senate Democrats to support his re-election to the position of Pro Tempore.”
According to the Constitution of the State of Georgia, the President Pro-Tempore of the State Senate is elected from among its members. As Republicans have control the State Senate by a significant majority, Sen. Henson’s endorsement could do little to help or hurt Sen. Shafer’s chances at re-election as the chamber’s President Pro-Tempore. Nevertheless, his nomination is a symbolic gesture of support and confidence towards the Republican’s leadership.