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Contact: Marshall Guest
Thursday, January 14, 2010
Republicans and Democrats join together to elect first woman to SpeakerPro Tem post.
ATLANTA- On Monday, January 11th, Representative Jan Jones (R-Milton)was elected Speaker Pro Tem of the House of Representatives by a vote of 113-61. Both Republican and Democrat House members joined together to elect the first woman ever to this post in the Georgia House of Representatives.
"I am honored and indebted to my colleagues for their support inelecting me to this position," said Speaker Pro Tem Jan Jones. "I look forward to working with each and every one of them as we solve the problems facing our state."
"Speaker Pro Tem Jones is a dynamic leader who has earned the respect ofher colleagues on both sides of the aisle," said House Speaker DavidRalston (R-Blue Ridge). "As a member of the Georgia House ofRepresentatives and now the first woman to hold the post of Speaker ProTem, she has continued to prove herself as a tireless public servant andI look forward to her leadership."
The Speaker Pro Tem of the House is elected to a two-year term by theentire 180 members of House of Representatives. Speaker Pro Tem Jonesreceived the Republican nomination for the position in December 2009 andwas elected to fulfill the remainder of the 2009-2010 term after formerSpeaker Mark Burkhalter vacated the position.