Georgia politics have been at the epicenter of controversy for several election cycles.
News headlines have noted that Georgia’s governor and Senate races have been contested and marred by salacious claims and former President Donald Trump has been accused of election fraud.
Georgia is making headlines again as Rep. Barry Fleming, a Republican who championed election reform and tightening voting by mail guidelines has been tapped to become a superior court judge in Columbia County.
After considering a list of potential judges prepared by the Judicial Nominating Commission, a committee whose members are appointed by the governor, Gov. Brian Kemp (R) appointed Fleming to the position.
Fleming will replace retiring Judge James Blanchard Jr.
Fleming made a run to serve as House Speaker in 2022 but lost to Rep. John Burns. In 2021, then-House Speaker David Ralston removed Fleming from chairing a committee after Fleming lost a bid to serve as whip.
With his political future unsure, Fleming was happy to move out of the contentious House but leaves the Republicans with a slim 8–5 majority.
Gov. Kemp will call a special election within 10 days of Fleming stepping down from office. According to state law, the election must occur no sooner than 30 days and no later than 60 days after the governor calls for a special election.
Fleming has represented the 125th district since 2013.
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