Evans County Rattlesnake Roundup:

On Friday, my team and I traveled to the Claxton area to participate in the annual Rattlesnake Roundup Festival. Saturday morning began with a community parade where we handed out candy, t-shirts, and water bottles with our Logo on it. It was super fun to see thousands of people line the roads to support this annual community event. At the conclusion of the parade, many of us were ushered to the Veterans Hall where we joined several Army service men and women from Fort Stewart for a BBQ and a fellowship opportunity. After lunch, we headed to the festival to join thousands of locals that were eating funnel cakes, riding mechanical bulls, and holding rattlesnakes.

Senator Billy Hickman and his lovely wife JoAnn were incredible hosts for this event, and we continue to be humbled by their efforts to help our campaign including assisting in securing Evans County Sheriff Mac Edwards' endorsement.
A Visit to Kia:

As Chairman of Economic Development and Tourism, I continually meet with business leaders to discuss the challenges they face in 2022, and Monday morning we met with Kia CEO Stuart Countess. The tour of the plant was fascinating as we watched robots perform in a modernized manufacturing environment. Although the plant employs 2900 workers, they need an additional 200 to be fully staffed.

Crossover Day at the Capitol:
Tuesday was crossover day at the Capitol which requires bills to successfully pass their originating chamber to have a chance at becoming law. I passed 2 bills on crossover day including SB 353 which provides judges judicial power in their court rooms to avoid suspending driver licenses when the driver has a valid excuse for missing court. Current law automatically suspends the license when a failure to appear occurs. I also successfully passed SB 556 which provides current and retired peace officers complimentary driver’s license renewals just as the state does with members of the military.
Morgan County GOP:

We have officially entered primary season with early in person voting beginning within 45 days, and we are beginning to see people fired up about the upcoming elections. On Tuesday evening, we were in Madison speaking to the Morgan County GOP that is held at Farmview Market. After enjoying a farm fresh dinner, people began pouring into the meeting room at such a rate that Chairman Alexander and Vice-Chair McNeal had to bring in significantly more seating. I don’t know what the official capacity of the room is, but I can safely say we were way over capacity on that night!!! As a special bonus, I had the opportunity to meet with strong pro-life advocate and former House member Sue Burmeister.
Shadow Days:

There are many aspects of serving in the General Assembly that I love, and hosting visitors to the Capitol is one of them. If you have never been on the grounds of the Capitol, it can be very intimidating and difficult to navigate. Last week, I had the opportunity to host Phil Silberman and Kurt Hennelly.

Phil Silberman:
Kurt Hennelly:
Congrats Kat! :

In addition to having Phil shadow for the day, I was pleased to hear that the Board of Regents selected Kathy “Kat” Schwaig as Kennesaw State University’s next President. Kat is an incredible leader, and a fine human being that will lead KSU with passion, integrity, and humility! Congrats Kat!!!

Cobb Young Republicans:

As I have mentioned on previous occasions, I continue to be impressed by the leadership of Andrew Abbott who serves as the Chairman of the Georgia Young Republicans. Chapters are springing up all over the state, and we attended the Cobb “A Cold One with The Candidates” on Wednesday evening. The Cobb YR is chaired by DeAnna Harris and she has built this organization into a powerhouse within the state!

Forsyth Young Republicans:
Another very strong Young Republican chapter is in Forsyth County and is led by Scott Jackson. On Thursday evening, we were pleased to be invited to share the details of our 2022 legislation including SB 456 as well as our campaign to fix the broken Labor Department. As you would expect, the room was packed with energetic young people prepared to help Georgia remain a red state. After the meeting concluded, many of us headed to Taco Mac to continue our fellowship!

Colquitt County Picnic in the Park:

Several years ago, I had a bout with skin cancer on my back and head that likely resulted from working unprotected in the sun for many years. Once the areas were removed and stitched, the oncologist said that since my head looks like a solar panel (Bald), I should wear a hat religiously when I am in the sun. Well, on Sunday, we were in Moultrie speaking at the Colquitt County Picnic in the Park, and I forgot to wear a hat and I sunburned my scalp. Maybe it is coincidental or the Lord above orchestrating my schedule, but I had an annual checkup with my dermatologist on Monday, and I am sure I will receive a well-deserved scolding. Although summer has not arrived yet, the sun’s UV is still very intense in the Spring, so please cover up!

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