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Rep. Lynn Westmoreland, R-Ga., speaks with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington on Oct. 16, 2015. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Lynn Westmoreland, eyeing run for governor, embarks on ‘reconnect tour’

12:00 pm Dec. 5, 2016

WASHINGTON — Don’t count retiring U.S. Rep. Lynn Westmoreland out of the wide-open race for governor in 2018.

The Coweta County Republican, who is wrapping up his 12-year stint on Capitol Hill this week, said he has been traveling around the state on a “reconnect tour” to gauge interest. He plans to continue the rounds in the months ahead.

“It’s definitely something that we talk to people about every day,” Westmoreland said in

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

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas in 2007. (AP Photo/Randy Snyder, File)

Georgia GOP congressmen furious at Smithsonian for Clarence Thomas snub

7:00 am Nov. 4, 2016

Half a dozen Georgia GOP congressmen wrote an angry letter to the head of the Smithsonian Thursday criticizing curators for all but leaving out native son Clarence Thomas in the recently-opened National Museum of African American History and Culture.

The Georgians joined a dozen other House conservatives in citing “grave concerns” about Thomas’ “conspicuous absence” from the museum given his rise from a modest upbringing outside of Savannah to becoming the second African-American to serve on the Supreme