According to the Eatonton Messenger, House Ways and Means Chairman Mickey Channell will retire on January 15th, citing health reasons:
Channell represents House Dist. 120, which includes all of Greene, half of Putnam, and all of Oglethorpe, Wilkes and Taliaferro counties.
He is the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, which deals with the budget annually. He also is a member of the rules, transportation, and health and human services committees.
Channell has been in the state legislature for 22 years and has a 42-year career as an elected official. He was a Greene County commissioner for eight years and served 12 years on the Greene County Board of Education.
“This decision was not taken lightly, but one that was decided on due to health issues,” Channell said in a press release Friday.
“I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to have served the people of my district and for the trust they have put in me to represent them over the years. It has truly been an honor and a privilege to be your representative.
We all wish Rep Channell the best with his health issues and thank him for his service. A special election will be called by the Governor and should allow for a new representative sometime mid-session.