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Magazine: Hamilton one of most influential
State representative honored
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Mark Hamilton - photo by Submitted
In just four years, Mark Hamilton has gone a long way in the Georgia Legislature.

The District 23 state representative has been assigned to the highly coveted House Appropriations Committee, has authored several pieces of legislation signed into law and is the chairman of the Governmental Affairs Committee.

“I think I’ve built a reputation of being straightforward and honest and people know my word is good,” Hamilton said.

Hamilton’s efforts have not gone unnoticed. In a recent edition of James Magazine, the Cumming resident was named as one of the year’s most influential Georgians.

The monthly news magazine has made a tradition of releasing the annual list, which this year also includes U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson and Department of Transportation Commissioner Vance Smith.

“I was surprised but very honored,” Hamilton said. “I take the job very seriously. I truly go down [to the Capitol], I believe, to serve the citizens of Forsyth and Cherokee counties as well as to serve the entire state. So to be recognized with this distinction, especially at such an early juncture in my political career, I’m very humbled, proud and excited.”

Hamilton said during his first two years in office, his goal was to learn the system, the players and “try to demonstrate that I’m thoughtful in my decisions and consistent in my decisions.”

His next goal was to become chair of a committee, which happened during his fourth year.

While the influential distinction is an honor, he said it won’t change his approach to governing.

“Even though I’ve only been down there for four years, people understand that I’m committed to doing the right thing,” he said. “This distinction just recognizes that other people have been aware of this.

“I’m going to continue to be consistent and reliable in everything that I do.”