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New state lawmaker from Forsyth County learns committee assignments

CUMMING — Forsyth County’s newest member of the Georgia Legislature has received her committee assignments.

District 24 state Rep. Sheri Gilligan will serve on the Natural Resources and Environment, Human Relations and Aging and Code Revision committees.

Gilligan, a former CIA analyst and U.S. Navy Reserves veteran who teaches at Lanier Technical College, was named to the committees by David Ralston, the speaker of the house from Blue Ridge.

In a statement, she thanked Ralston and said she looked forward to “being of service to the citizens of District 24.”

“I am eager to begin working with my colleagues and fellow committee members to tackle issues that arise throughout the upcoming legislative session,” she said.

Gilligan won a special election runoff this summer to fill the unexpired term of former state Rep. Mark Hamilton, the longtime Republican incumbent who resigned in May to pursue a job opportunity in Tennessee.

In the June special election, Gilligan was the top vote-getter among fellow Republicans Ethan Underwood, Will Kremer and David Van Sant.

She garnered 49.9 percent of the total — an estimated three to four votes shy of an outright win — while Van Sant, the runner-up, drew about 24.5 percent.

As Gilligan did not have the required 50 percent plus one vote, a runoff was held in July, during which she defeated Van Sant with 75 percent of the vote.

Throughout her campaign, Gilligan emphasized cutting taxes, localizing control of education and upholding religious freedom. She was sworn into office Aug. 5.