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Hamilton receives new assignment
Knox resigns leadership post
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Mark Hamilton
Forsyth County will be well represented as the state House of Representatives works to bring more jobs and businesses to Georgia.

District 23 state Rep. Mark Hamilton has been tapped for a new committee, created to combat the state’s high unemployment rate and dwindling job listings.

Along with 13 other representatives, the Cumming Republican was selected by Speaker of the House David Ralston to serve on the Special Committee on Small Business Development and Job Creation.

“He asked me to be on the committee because he knows I started and run two successful small businesses,” Hamilton said. “I also am a co-sponsor for Rep. [Tom] Graves’ jobs bill, and this committee will reconsider that legislation this session.

“It will also hear any other job creation legislation, which is critical in our recovery.”

Hamilton, who was elected to the state house in 2006, will continue to serve on the Industrial Relations, Transportation and Children and Youth committees.

He will also continue his work on the Government Affairs Committee, not just as a member, but as chairman.

“I am ... excited to receive my first chairmanship,” he said. “I have been on Governmental Affairs for the last three years and it is an honor to be selected as chairman during Speaker Ralston’s first appointments.”

District 24 state Rep. Tom Knox will continue to serve on all the same committees, however he will no longer serve as chairman of the House Insurance Committee.

Knox, a Republican from Cumming who is running for Georgia Insurance Commissioner, said he resigned the chairmanship to concentrate on his campaign.

“I am pleased that Speaker Ralston supports my decision and has endorsed my candidacy,” he said.

“He supports my campaign and will be sponsoring several fundraisers for me. I appreciate the support of the entire delegation for my decision.”

Knox will continue to serve on the committee, in addition to the Industrial Relations, Non-Civil Judiciary and Appropriations committees.

District 9 state Rep. Amos Amerson, R-Dahlonega, will remain on the Appropriations, Higher Education and Energy, Utilities and Telecommunications committees.

He also continues to serve as chairman of the Science and Technology Committee, a position he’s held since 2005.