Representative Mickey Channell Retiring From Legislature

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.

H/T to @GAagribusiness on twitter


  1. northside101 says:

    Slight correction above on areas Rep. Channell represents: He has part, not all, of Wilkes County (Wilkes is split between him and HD 33 Representative Tom McCall of Elbert County).

    During his tenure in the House, growth along Lake Oconee has transformed his district into a Republican one. Greene County, the center of the district, backed Walter Mondale and Michael Dukakis for president (among the few Georgia counties to do so a generation ago). Even Wyche Fowler and Roy Barnes carried it in the 1990s. But since 2000, Greene has been reliably Republican for president, and since 2002 for governor and US Senate. Romney handily won the district in 2012, and earlier this month Governor Deal and Senator-Elect Perdue broke 60 (percent here). Another example of what was a rural Democratic district now a heavily Republican one.

  2. UGADAWG83 says:

    No personal favorites, but speculation on a few folks who could look at the race: Zippy Duvall (former Greene County Commission Chairman and now-Georgia Farm Bureau President), Dene Channell (former Greene County Commission Chairman and cousin–I think–of Mickey Channell), Brian Burdette (10th District GOP Chairman and 10th District Representative on the Georgia State Board of Education) and Kirk Shook (Oglethorpe GOP Chairman and Assistant Secretary of the Georgia Republican Party).

  3. oglethorpevoter says:

    Two Oglethorpe County residents, Gary Gerrard and Jesse Johnson have indicated they intend to run, as well as, the Mayor of the City of Washington, from Wilkes County.

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