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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,

Rep. John Mica, R-Fla., left, and Rep. Pete Sessions, R-Texas, display their "Make America Great Again" hats after attending a House Republican leadership meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

On Capitol Hill, Democrats lick their wounds as Republicans celebrate after Trump’s victory

1:19 pm Nov. 15, 2016

WASHINGTON — You’ll have to excuse us for feeling a little whiplash here on Capitol Hill.

Earlier this fall, Nancy Pelosi, the House’s Democratic leader, called Donald Trump “the gift that keeps on giving” and projected her party was within striking distance of regaining control of the chamber after six years in the wilderness.

How quickly things have changed.

After a disastrous election that saw them unexpectedly lose the White House and maintain

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