Five State Senate committees have new chairmen or vice chairmen, primarily due to the resignations of Ross Tolleson and Ronald Ramsey. The new chairmen were announced on Tuesday by the Senate Committee on Assignments.
Senator Frank Ginn of Danielsville will serve as the new chair of the Natural Resources Committee, raplacing Chairman Tolleson. As a result, Sen. Brandon Beach of Alpharetta will replace Ginn as the chairman of the Economic Development Committee. Beach had been chairman of the Science and Technology Committee, and that chairmanship will be filled by Sen. Bruce Thompson of White.
Sen. Tolleson had been Vice-Chairman of the Rules committee. He will be replaced by Sen. Jack Hill or Reidsville. Sen. Lester Jackson of Savannah will replace Ronald Ramsey as chair of the Senate Urban Affairs Committee. With the exception of Jackson who is a Democrat, the other chairmen are Republicans.
Senate leadership weighed in on the changes:
The Georgia State Senate’s top priority is preserving Georgia’s reputation as a leading state for business development, job creation and educational opportunity. I look forward to working directly with Senate leadership in order to find real solutions for Georgia’s most significant and pressing issues,” said Lt. Governor Cagle.
“We are fortunate to have a wealth of talent and experience in the State Senate,” said President Pro Tem David Shafer of Duluth. “I am confident that our new committee chairs and committee members will do great work.”