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Lawmaker again ranks among most influential
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Forsyth County News


A state lawmaker from Forsyth County has again been named one of the most influential Georgians in a recent report.

Mark Hamilton, the District 23 state representative from Cumming was honored by James Magazine for the second year in a row.

“While I am truly honored to receive this recognition once again, more important to me is knowing that I am making a positive impact in the lives of the hard working people that I serve," Hamilton said.

“I hope and pray that I will be able to continue to have an impact as long as the people continue to give me that opportunity.”

The magazine, a state political news and issues periodical, releases an annual who’s who of Georgia politics as well as the most influential Georgians.

Hamilton was joined on the 2011 list by Speaker of the House David Ralston, U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, Department of Transportation Commissioner Vance Smith and District 6 U.S. Rep. Tom Price.

As chairman of the House Governmental Affairs Committee, Hamilton sponsored two voting reform measures this session that could have led to his selection.

House Bill 92 shortens the early voting period from 45 to 21 days.

The change, a cost-saving measure, also calls for polls to be open on one Saturday during that span. 

The other measure, House Bill 454, makes Georgia only the second state to allow its secretary of state to set the presidential preference primary date.

“I am greatly humbled and honored to receive this recognition from James Magazine for the second year in a row now,” Hamilton said.

“It is truly a privilege to represent and serve the citizens of Forsyth and Cherokee counties in the Georgia House of Representatives.”