New committee chairmanships are out for the Georgia Senate

Feb. 26,  2016 -  Atlanta - Sen Brandon Beach on the Senate floor.  The North Fulton legislator, who has championed the MARTA expansion bill, said today the measure will not come to a vote before crossover day on Monday and is dead for now. It may, in fact, be dead, or it may find new life attached to another bill on the last day of the session. Opposition from several North Fulton cities, Alpharetta in particular, shot the bill down. BOB ANDRES  / BANDRES@AJC.COM
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Feb. 26, 2016 - Atlanta - Sen Brandon Beach on the Senate floor. The North Fulton legislator, who has championed the MARTA expansion bill, said today the measure will not come to a vote before crossover day on Monday and is dead for now. It may, in fact, be dead, or it may find new life attached to another bill on the last day of the session. Opposition from several North Fulton cities, Alpharetta in particular, shot the bill down. BOB ANDRES / BANDRES@AJC.COM

Without further ado, here are all the chairmanship changes made in the state Senate for the next two years.

We told you last month that state Sen. Josh McKoon, R-Columbus, would lose his Judiciary Committee chairmanship. The list below confirms that. Among other notable changes, state Sen. Brandon Beach, R-Alpharetta — a longtime transit advocate — now leads the Senate Transportation Committee.

Worth noting that if you don’t see a committee you’re interested in here, that means there’s been no change from last year.

From the Senate list:

  • Sen. Brandon Beach (R – Alpharetta) will serve as chair of the Senate Transportation Committee.

  • Sen. Ellis Black (R – Valdosta) will serve as chair of the Senate Retirement Committee.

  • Sen. Mike Dugan (R – Carrollton) will serve as chair of the Senate Economic Development Committee.

  • Sen. Chuck Hufstetler (R – Rome) will serve as chair of the Senate Finance Committee and as vice chair of the Senate Retirement Committee.

  • Sen. Burt Jones (R – Jackson) will serve as chair of the Senate Insurance and Labor Committee.

  • Sen. William Ligon (R – Brunswick) will serve as chair of the Senate Banking and Financial Institutions Committee and as vice chair of the Senate Ethics and Reapportionment and Redistricting Committees.

  • Sen. Jesse Stone (R – Waynesboro) will serve as chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

  • Sen. Ben Watson (R – Savannah) will serve as chair of the Senate Reapportionment and Redistricting Committee.

  • Sen. Lee Anderson (R – Grovetown) will serve as vice chair of the Senate Agriculture and Science and Technology Committees.

  • Sen. Matt Brass (R – Newnan) will serve as vice chair of the Senate Economic Development Committee.

  • Sen. Dean Burke (R – Bainbridge) will serve as vice chair of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee.

  • Sen. John Kennedy (R – Macon) will serve as vice chair of the Senate Banking and Financial Institutions Committee.

  • Sen. P.K. Martin (R – Lawrenceville) will serve as vice chair of the Senate State and Local Governmental Operations and Higher Education Committees.

  • Sen. Blake Tillery (R – Vidalia) will serve as vice chair of the Senate State Institutions and Properties Committee.


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