Saturday, December 18, 2010

Senator Chance Named Governor’s Floor Leader

State Senator Ronnie Chance (R-Tyrone) was appointed by Governor-elect Nathan Deal to serve as Senate Administration Floor Leader for the 2011-2012 Senate term. Senator Chance will be responsible for carrying the Governor’s legislation as it moves through the legislative process and will serve as liaison between the Governor and the State Senate.

“I am truly honored by this appointment by Governor-elect Deal,” said Chance. “I look forward to working with the Senate and the Office of the Governor to pass effective policy that will create jobs for Georgians and attract businesses to the state.”

An Administration Floor Leader is responsible for introducing and carrying legislation on behalf of the governor. They also assist in the drafting process of new legislation and act as a liaison between the public, the Senate and the governor’s office. Senators Jim Butterworth (R-Clarkesville) and Bill Jackson (R-Appling) will also serve as floor leaders.

Governor-elect Deal voiced his support for the three senators joining his administration: “It is an honor to have these three men join my administration as the Senate floor leaders,” Deal said. “The respect they have earned from their peers and their proven leadership assures me they are the right men to promote my agenda in the Senate. They will be critical elements of my administration’s success in the Legislature.”

Senator Ronnie Chance was first elected in 2004 and currently serves as Chairman of the Finance Committee. He is also a member of the Economic Development, Higher Education and Reapportionment and Redistricting Committees. He formerly served as Floor Leader to Governor Sonny Perdue and was voted “2009 Legislator of the Year” by the Georgia Chamber of Commerce and named “2009 Champion of Economic Development” by the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce. In 2010 he was named Legislator of the Year by the Southeastern Legal Foundation.