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State Sen. George Hooks, D-Americus, announced May 14, 2012, that he would not seek a 17th term in the Georgia Senate. Hooks served in the Georgia House 1981-90 before moving to the upper chamber.
ALBANY, Ga. — Four people, including an outgoing state senator from Americus, have been tapped by Gov. Nathan Deal to serve on the State Board of Regents.
Former State Sen. George Hooks of Americus will serve on the board which oversees the 35 colleges in the University System of Georgia.
Hooks was first elected to the General Assembly in 1980 and did not run for re-election this past term.
Hooks decided against another term when the legislature revised the political maps of Georgia last year in a plan endorsed by Deal that combined Hooks' district with that of fellow Democrat, Sen. Freddie Powell-Sims of Dawson.
Vice President for economic development at Ogeechee Technical College, Lori Durden, will also serve on the board. President of Northwest Georgia Bank, Scott Smith and former president of the Georgia Public Policy Foundation Rogers Wade have also been selected.
The Board of Regents governs all of Georgia's public colleges and universities.