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President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Ga. politicos clutch wish lists as Trump takes Capitol Hill spotlight

7:00 am Feb. 28, 2017

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump’s prime-time address to Congress tonight is being watched closely by Georgia leaders looking for more detail on everything from infrastructure to health care.

State lawmakers said they’re eager for Trump during his first speech before a joint session of Congress to fill in the details on many of his sweeping campaign pledges, including overhauling the tax code, replacing Obamacare and injecting $1 trillion into infrastructure projects.

“What I’m

Protesters hold up signs during a demonstration against President Trump's recent travel ban Sunday at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport January 30, 2017. STEVE SCHAEFER / SPECIAL TO THE AJC

Where every Georgia congressman stands on Donald Trump’s refugee ban

1:03 pm Jan. 30, 2017

WASHINGTON — One by one, Georgia’s Republican members of Congress lined up behind President Donald Trump’s divisive executive order barring some Middle Eastern refugees from entering the country.

Nearly all of the dozen Republicans elected to represent the Peach State on Capitol Hill came out in favor of the executive action — or most of it — on Monday, three days after Trump first issued the directive.

“America will always be a compassionate country, and

Rep. David Scott, D-Ga., left, Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., center, in 2009. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Georgia’s D.C. Democrats divided on strategy as Donald Trump era begins

7:00 am Jan. 17, 2017

WASHINGTON — Still reckoning with a crushing election loss that relegated them to at least two more years in the minority on Capitol Hill, Georgia’s four Democrats are divided on how the party should handle President-elect Donald Trump going forward.

With mere days until the New York businessman takes the oath of office, some Georgia Democrats say they’re open to working with him and congressional Republicans on select issues such as

From left, Georgia Democratic Congressmen David Scott, John Lewis and Hank Johnson in 2012.

Which Georgia Democrats are boycotting Donald Trump’s inauguration?

1:01 pm Jan. 14, 2017

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. John Lewis appears to be the only Georgia Democrat who is planning to skip President-elect Donald Trump’s Friday inauguration at the moment.

The Atlanta Democrat told NBC’s “Meet the Press” that it will be the first presidential swearing-in he’ll miss in his 30 years as a member of Congress.

“You cannot be at home with something that you feel that is wrong, is not right,” he said. 

When reached in recent days,

U.S. Rep. David Scott, D-Atlanta, in 2009.  Bob Andres, bandres@ajc.com

David Scott’s Donald Trump connection and how he thinks it could pay dividends

1:00 pm Jan. 9, 2017

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. David Scott raised some eyebrows last summer when he didn’t dismiss then-candidate Donald Trump’s ‘what do you have to lose?’ pitch to black voters.

Instead, the Atlanta Democrat and Hillary Clinton supporter said that while Trump could have been more tactful, he was glad the New York businessman was spotlighting the economic concerns of African-American voters, a set of issues often downplayed on the presidential trail.


House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis. administers the House oath of office to Rep. Tom Graves, R-Ga., during a mock swearing in ceremony on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017, as the 115th Congress began. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

Georgia up-and-comers to watch on Capitol Hill in 2017

1:00 pm Jan. 5, 2017

WASHINGTON – We wrote the other day about how Georgia’s congressional delegation has grown greener over the last two election cycles.

Taking out U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson and U.S. Reps. Sanford Bishop and John Lewis, Georgia’s longest-serving members of Congress, the average tenure of a Georgian on Capitol Hill is about five years by our tally; Ten of the delegation’s 16 members have served in Congress for six years or less.

Even though Georgia has

Republican Congressman Barry Loudermilk with voters in 2014.  BRANT SANDERLIN /BSANDERLIN@AJC.COM

All of Georgia’s congressmen appear poised for reelection

9:04 pm Nov. 8, 2016

All of Georgia’s members of the House of Representatives appear poised to return to Congress in 2017, according to early election returns.

Few of the 13 House incumbents on the ballot today — Republican or Democrat — faced competitive challengers and all appeared to have punched their tickets back to Washington as of 11 p.m. The only race that had yet to be called at that point was Lawrenceville Republican Rob Woodall’s in the 7th District