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Democrats, incumbents suffer in GOP surge

^ Doug Everett, from WALB Archives ^ Doug Everett, from WALB Archives


November 6, 2002

Albany-- The nation's longest-serving legislative speaker lost his job after more than four decades in office. Seventy-eight-year-old Democratic Representative Tom Murphy lost his seat in Tuesday's election.

The Georgia redistricting plan, adopted last year to boost Democrats, didn't work as well as party leaders had hoped. The Georgia House will still be controlled by the Democrats.

The next session should have 106 Democrats, with 74 Republicans, and one independent. Republicans gained strength in the State Senate.

Lt. Governor Mark Taylor will preside over a body made up of 30 Democrats and 26 Republicans, three Republicans more than last term.

In the United States House, Georgians will be represented by 8 Republicans again, but now with five Democrats. The state picked up two new seats from the census, and Democrats picked up two Congressional members.

Albanian Doug Everett may be leaving the Georgia House, but he'll still hold elected office. The Republican won the District One Georgia Public Service Commission seat, defeating Worth Countian Earleen Sizemore.

Everett says there will be big changes in Georgia thanks to the G.O.P.'s gains. “We had a lot of people in power for the Democrats, who lost their seats this time to Republicans. It's going to be a big change in the way things are done in Georgia. And for the better I might add...”

The 64-year-old Everett won nearly 53 percent of the vote, and will serve a six year term on the Public Service Commission.

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