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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

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

Georgia GOP Reps. Tom Graves, left; Rob Woodall, center right;  and Rick Allen, right, during a roundtable discussion with Georgia business leaders in 2015. BRANT SANDERLIN/BSANDERLIN@AJC.COM

Most of Georgia’s Republicans decline to discuss private ethics vote

1:00 pm Jan. 4, 2017

WASHINGTON — A day after the House GOP backed away from a plan that would have gutted an independent ethics watchdog on Capitol Hill, most Republican members of Georgia’s congressional delegation are declining to discuss their private vote on the proposal.

Your Insiders reached out to all 10 Peach State Republicans in the House on Tuesday morning. As of midday Wednesday, we had yet to hear back from half of them.

Two, Rob Woodall

U.S. Rep. Doug Collins, R-Gainesville, on Capitol Hill in 2013. Photo by Matt Roth.

One of the first bills sent to Donald Trump’s desk could come from Doug Collins

11:00 am Dec. 28, 2016

WASHINGTON — After years of seeing their policy proposals stonewalled by President Barack Obama, congressional Republicans are looking to make quick work of recycling old legislation that could have new life in a Trump administration.

At the top of the GOP’s list are proposals that would put checks on executive rulemakings. Republicans argue that Obama abused the tool to make end-runs around Congress on issues such as immigration and the environment.

With that in mind, one of the

U.S. Rep. Doug Collins welcomes the troops with the 1-214th Field Artillery Battalion in 2014 from nearly a year in Afghanistan. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM

Doug Collins clinches House leadership seat

3:52 pm Nov. 15, 2016

House Republicans handed Doug Collins a seat at the leadership table on Tuesday, electing the onetime chaplain the party’s No. 5 position in the chamber.

The Gainesville Republican, who has never before served in the GOP leadership, was selected to be conference vice chairman over Bill Flores, a Texan who currently leads the conservative Republican Study Committee.

At the same meeting, House Republicans unanimously selected Paul Ryan, R-Wis., for a second

U.S. Rep. Doug Collins, R-Gainesville, on Capitol Hill in 2013. Photo by Matt Roth.

Doug Collins makes a House leadership play

3:00 pm Nov. 10, 2016

U.S. Rep. Doug Collins has been the subject of some political intrigue in Georgia recently. The rumors suggested the Gainesville Republican was eyeing some sort of position based in the Peach State.

But it turns out Collins is angling for a more prominent role on Capitol Hill. The congressional newspaper Roll Call is reporting that he is running for the No. 5 spot in the chamber’s leadership chain, the Republican conference vice

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