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Three lawmakers on most influential list
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Forsyth County News

FORSYTH COUNTY — Three members of Forsyth County’s state legislative delegation have again made the James Magazine list of most influential leaders at the state Capitol.

The 2014 recognition as a “Most Influential House Member” is the fourth for District 24 state Rep. Mark Hamilton.

“I want to thank the citizens of District 24 for electing me to serve as their representative,” said Hamilton, a Republican from Cumming. “I am honored to serve them every day and strive to always represent their interests to the best of my ability.

“This honor makes me want to work even harder for the wonderful citizens of Cumming and Forsyth County.”

Hamilton serves as the chairman of the House Industry and Labor Committee and is a member of the House Rules Committee.

He authored four bills that have passed both chambers, awaiting the governor’s signature, and carried two Senate bills in the House during the recent session. He also co-sponsored and worked on several other pieces of legislation.

From the Senate side, both District 27 state Sen. Jack Murphy of Cumming and District 51 state Sen. Steve Gooch of Dahlonega, both Republicans, were named to the state’s “Most Influential Senators” list.

Murphy said he considers “it a great privilege” to be so honored for the third year in a row.

“As Forsyth County faces new challenges and opportunities, it is critical that we have a strong voice representing our community in the Georgia legislature,” he said. “I am proud to be that voice and will continue working to ensure our community’s continued success and unparalleled prosperity.”

Murphy serves as chairman of the Senate Regulated Industries and Utilities Committee.

Gooch, who serves as chairman of the State Senate Transportation Committee said he “really enjoys serving the district and I try to represent the values of the 51st district down there.”

“I’m in a position now as chairman of the Transportation Committee and a leadership position in the caucus that I’m beginning to feel like I can help shape public policy,” he said. “I think that bodes well for north Georgia and speaks well to the area we’re living in.

“I try to go down there and learn and listen and do the best I can.”