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Sen. Hooks: So. GA power wanes

Sen. George Hooks Sen. George Hooks
AMERICUS, GA (WALB) -

Georgia is experiencing demographic shifts that seem likely to help the Democratic party in the future. But for now Republicans continue to strengthen their hold on power.

The outgoing Dean of the state Senate, George Hooks of District 14, says south Georgia is losing power as population shifts to Atlanta and its suburbs.

That's part of what led to a Republican super majority in the Senate and nearly one in the House.

Controlling two-thirds of the seats gives the party the power to override gubernatorial vetoes and send proposed constitutional amendments to voters without any Democratic votes. 

"It is going to be very difficult to hold every republican representative in line, because a lot of the things the majority of the Republicans will come up with, all of the majority of the democrats will not necessarily be what is best for the people who elect them, the people at home," said Hooks.

Hooks says south Georgia Republicans may not always agree with the majority, since their loyalty needs to be the voters.

Hooks did not run for re-election this year after the Republican-controlled General Assembly drastically redrew his district.

 

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