Monday, January 26, 2009

Representative Jim Cole Named Senior Floor Leader

Governor Sonny Perdue today appointed Representative Jim Cole of Forsyth (District 125) to serve as Senior Administration Floor Leader in the Georgia House of Representatives.

Cole takes over the role from Representative Rich Golick who resigned his floor leader position to take the chairmanship of the Judiciary Non-Civil committee in the House.

“Jim is an honest, hardworking legislator that has earned the respect of his fellow House members,” said Governor Perdue. “While he is a fierce advocate for his district, he is also a statesman who understands the need to look at issues from a statewide point of view. I am proud to have Rep. Cole represent this administration in the House of Representatives.”

Elected in 2004, Rep. Cole’s district includes Jasper County and parts of Monroe, Jones and Lamar counties. His committee membership includes Appropriations, Rules, Judiciary Non-Civil and State Planning and Community Affairs.

Jim is also an active community leader, serving on the Board of Directors of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce and the Monroe County Chamber of Commerce. A graduate of Leadership Georgia, Jim is also a member of Forsyth United Methodist Church, Director for the Georgia Industrial Children’s Home and the President of the Mercer University Booster Club. He is happily married to the former Gaylyn Lawson of Forsyth. Jim and Gaylyn are the proud parents of Caroline and Lawson.

“I can't express how honored I am to take over the Senior role in the Floor Leader’s Office,” Rep. Cole said. “Governor Perdue is a great leader and has taught me valuable lessons in how to govern this state from a long-term perspective. That perspective is to make Georgia a great place for our future generations to live, work and raise a family. I look forward to the challenge of advancing his vision and agenda.”
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