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Lawmaker honored by state chamber
Recognized for backing business
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Forsyth County News

The Georgia Chamber of Commerce has honored a local lawmaker for his support of the state’s business community.

The business association placed state Rep. Mark Hamilton of Cumming on its honor roll with an "A" rating.

Hamilton, who represents District 23, said he was excited with his grade.

"Even before I decided to run for state House, I knew the importance of sound policy that encourages economic development and job creation," he said.

"I’m proud to be one of the legislators that is being recognized for supporting and voting for sound policy."

The chamber looked at legislators who addressed issues such as job creation and economic recovery.

Lawmakers were scored to reflect their support for business community priorities. The scorecard also took into consideration how legislators voted on key issues the chamber supports.

Hamilton joined fellow Republicans and Forsyth’s state senators, Jack Murphy of District 27 and Steve Gooch in District 51, in earning an "A" ranking.

Forsyth’s other state representatives, Amos Amerson and Mike Dudgeon, both scored a "B."

Amerson, a Republican from Dahlonega, represents District 9, while Dudgeon, a south Forsyth Republican, represents District 24.

Chris Clark, president and CEO of the Georgia Chamber, said in a statement that ensuring "a business-friendly environment that encourages job creation and economic growth should be the top priority for our legislature."

"We are certainly thankful to have a strong ally at the Capitol in Representative Hamilton to partner with to protect Georgia’s long-term economic future."