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Bulloch resigns; special election called

State Senator John Bulloch.

State Senator John Bulloch.

OCHLOCKNEE, Ga. — State Sen. John Bulloch, a Republican from Georgia's 11th district, has resigned to spend more time with his family.

Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp has set a special election to fill the seat vacated by Bulloch. The election is set for Jan. 8.

District 11 covers Colquitt, Decatur, Early, Grady, Miller, Seminole and portions of Mitchell and Thomas counties.

“It has been an honor to serve District 11 as a Georgia State Senator since 2003," Bulloch said in a statement. "I’d like to thank all of my constituents, colleagues and staff for their support during my years at the Gold Dome. However, no one deserves more appreciation and recognition than my wife and family. Their unconditional love and encouragement was a constant reminder of the reason why I ran for this office — because I wanted to create a better and brighter future for this state.

"As a farmer by trade, it has been a special privilege to serve as chairman of the Senate Agriculture and Consumer Affairs committee. Very few farmers get chances like this, and I am grateful for the opportunity to play a pivotal role in strengthening Georgia’s ag industry. I am looking forward to spending more time with my family and sharing the wealth of fond memories and life lessons collected during my time in the Georgia Senate.”

Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle offered praise for the 10-year Senate veteran after formally accepting his resignation.

“John Bulloch is the embodiment of a statesman and a great example of what every public servant should strive to be," Cagle said in a news release. "His passion for agriculture, our state’s No. 1 industry, was unyielding. He worked tirelessly for his constituents and principles and never shied away from a fight.

"Throughout his entire career in public service, he never forgot that service wasn’t about him but about those who had trusted him to be their voice in government. I am proud to have served with him and honored to call him a dear friend. The Georgia State Senate will not be the same without him, and all of us will miss his fighting spirit, his commitment to always doing what is right, and, of course, his perfectly pressed blue jeans. Nita (Cagle's wife) joins me in thanking him and Miriam for their service and wish them the very best.”

Locally, state Rep. Ed Rynders offered similar comments after hearing of Bulloch's resgination.

"This is a tremendous loss, not just to Southwest Georgia but to the entire agriculture community in the state," said Rynders, R-Leesburg, one of Bulloch's close friends and allies. "John Bulloch is a good friend, and he has been an effective representative for the interests of this region because he knows how to get stuff done."

A farmer by trade, Bulloch was first sworn in to the state senate in 2003 to represent District 11. He currently is the chairman of the Agriculture and Consumer Affairs Committee, vice chair of the Natural Resources and the Environment Committee, a member of the Appropriations and Rules committees, and an ex-officio member of the Banking and Financial Institutions Committee.

Speculation has already begun as to possible candidates for Bulloch's seat, and among the names being mentioned by some insiders are state Reps. Gene Maddox, Jay Powell and Darlene Taylor, all Republicans, as well as unsucessful 2008 U.S. House District 2 candidate Mike Keown, also a Republican.

"I don't believe there will be a shortage of well-qualified candidates for the seat," Rynders said.

— Carlton Fletcher contributed to this report.

Comments

Sister_Ruby 1 year, 4 months ago

apologies........you HEARTLESS BASTARD, bsrn

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VSU 1 year, 4 months ago

Seems that Da Corch only shows up to comment when he has something stupid to say.

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RedEric 1 year, 4 months ago

Isn't it strange, all of the republicans leaving office? Did you actually read Atlas Shrugged? Who is John Gault?

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 4 months ago

It's GALT and yes I read it several times. Just like I've read 1984 and Brave New World the the Revelation of John. I want to see the future coming from a ways off.

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Cartman 1 year, 4 months ago

Sigh. It was a nice country while it lasted.

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agirl_25 1 year, 4 months ago

I have read a lot of political blogs with items concerning Bullock (don't know much about him myself). He seems to be a very admired politician and most of the comments were very positive about him. A few were not so nice. One did in fact infer that maybe he was getting out while the getting was good because maybe he was involved in some shady deals and felt if they came to light he would be better off as a private citizen. One tho, was hilarious. The writer compared him leaving only a month after he won his seat in his re-election bid by saying we should designate the first Tuesday of the month as election day since so many seem to resign as soon as they are elected. Then she complained that she is forced to pay a $300 early termination fee when she ends her cell phone contract and these jerks just blithely dismiss their commitments at will, leaving the taxpayers to pick up their cost of their whimsy. She is so right....Do they not care about the commitment they made to the voters? On a serious note tho, I know he was hospitalized for meningitis in the past and hope he is not suffering a setback...and if so I wish him a speedy recovery.

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 4 months ago

I'd really like to come over and kick you in the crotch as hard as I can, which is pretty hard, with my good leg which will still be pretty incapacatating for you with my good leg.

You wouldn't be able to talk, type, walk, eat, sleep, or work for about two weeks. I would really like to do it.

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