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State senators pleased with their appointments
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Forsyth County News


After being sworn in as the new District 51 state senator, Steve Gooch also received a top honor.

The Republican from Dahlonega was tapped by Senate Majority Whip Cecil Staton, R-Macon, to serve as deputy whip.

“I am honored to have been chosen for this distinguished position as I begin my first term in the senate,” Gooch said. “This is a good opportunity for me to learn the process faster, how the bills work, how they make it through the legislative process.”

As deputy whip, Gooch will work with Staton to ensure member attendance on the Senate floor, counting votes and communicating the majority position.

Gooch is one of four deputy whips Staton appointed to assist in his work, which includes review of all legislation that comes before the Senate.

“I look for senators who show great promise as future leaders in the Senate,” Staton said.

State senators also received their committee assignments last week, with veteran lawmaker Jack Murphy of Cumming returning to many of the same committees as last session.

This year, however, the District 24 Republican will serve as chairman of the banking and financial institutions committee.

“I was seeking the banks and banking appointment because I felt like it’s a move up toward something slightly more powerful,” Murphy said. “Banks and banking is something that I’ve been interested in for a long time.”

Murphy will also serve on ethics, insurance and labor, public safety and appropriations committees.

Gooch said he was also pleased with his committee assignments, which include economic development, government oversight, state institutions and property, and state and local government operations.

A former member of the state transportation board, Gooch will also serve as secretary of the senate transportation committee.