Georgia’s General Assembly convenes today amid election-year pressures and coming off a special session dealing with Georgia’s balloting. The local delegation has been mostly in place since 2012 with the exception being two representatives from Bartow County whose districts reach into Floyd County.
You can track key issues through General Assembly’s website. Hometown will post key updates throughout the session as well as any key developments for members of the local delegation. You’ll find legislative preview stories here:
State Senate 52:
Chuck Hufstetler was first elected to the Georgia Senate in 2012. He currently serves as Chair of Finance, Vice-Chair of Retirement, and a member of Higher Education, Health and Human Services, and Appropriations. He served as a member and chair of the Floyd County Commission from 1998 to 2006. He negotiated for the Rome Braves stadium and was one of two in charge of construction. Professionally, he served 14 years in Corporate Management in New York, Texas and California and was also a small business owner of a restaurant for 18 years. A native Roman and graduate of East Rome High School, he holds a bachelor of Science degree from the University of Georgia, and a masters in Anesthesiology from the Emory School of Medicine. He is employed in Anesthesia at Advent Health Redmond where he has provided Anesthesia Services for the last 13 years. He also serves as an Adjunct professor at Emory University Medical School. He and his wife Joan have 3 children and attend Seven Hills Presbyterian Church.
House District 12:
Eddie Lumsden was first elected to the state House in 2012. He currently serves as Chair of the House Insurance Committee. He is a past Floyd County Commissioner (2007-2011), having served as chairman. He is an active member and past president of Armuchee Ruritan Club. He is a retired state trooper and currently is co-owner and agent with Teresa Lumsden Insurance Agency. He served in the Air Force/Air Guard (1970-1976). He is a graduate of Armuchee High School and holds an bachelor of Science in Communications degree from Berry College and associates degree from Floyd Junior College. He and his wife, Teresa, have two children and four grandchildren. They are active members at Pleasant Valley North Baptist Church. Lumsden
House District 13:
Katie Dempsey was first elected to the Georgia House of Representatives in 2006 after serving two terms on the Rome City Commission. She is currently the Chairman of the Appropriations Human Resource Committee. Dempsey is a member of the Exchange Club Family Resource Center Advisory Board as well the Rome Floyd Chamber. She is also a member of the Board of Trustees for the Floyd Medical Center and a Board Member Emeritus of the Rome/Floyd County Commission on Children and Youth. Dempsey is a recipient of the Heart of the Community Award. She holds a Bachelors of Science degree from the University of Georgia and has developed two local businesses. She and her husband, Lynn, are members of Rome First United Methodist Church. They have two grown children and seven grandchildren. Dempsey
House District 14:
Mitchell Scoggins, a 27-year veteran probate court judge,was elected in December 2018 to replace Christian Coomer, who had been appointed to the Georgia Court of Appeals. Scoggins
House District 15:
Matthew Gambill, who’s in business development, was elected to the seat vacated by retiring Rep. Paul Battles in November 2018. Gambill
House District 16:
Rep. Trey Kelley, a Cedartown attorney, was first elected in November 2012. He is chair of the Special Committee on Access to the Civil Justice System. Kelley