Three legislators of Forsyth County in list of ‘influential’ lawmakers

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FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. – Three legislators representing Forsyth County have been named “influential” by a conservative magazine’s “2013 Georgia’s Power Brokers” edition.

Republicans from Cumming’s District 27, Sen. Jack Murphy, and District 24, Rep. Mark Hamilton, were named to James magazine’s Most Influential list.

“A panel of writers and former legislators suggest names for consideration,” said Matt Towery, CEO of James magazine. “Former James editor and ‘Most Influential’ writer Gary Reese then researches the names and makes a proposed final list. From this list, the final names are selected by me as publisher along with assistance from designated writers for InsiderAdvantage and James.”

Also named to the list was District 51 Sen. Steve Gooch, a Dahlonega Republican representing northeast Forsyth County.

“I hope any recognition I receive along the way simply means that I am accomplishing those goals,” said Hamilton.

During the recent 2013 legislative session, Hamilton became the chairman of the House Industry and Labor Committee, after previously serving as the chairman of the House Governmental Affairs Committee.

He also became a member of the House Rules Committee and once again served as a member of the House Committee on Assignments.

In addition to his committee work, Hamilton authored four bills and carried a Senate bill in the House, all of which were approved by the General Assembly and have now been sent to the governor for consideration.

Hamilton introduced legislation naming the William Everett Bennett Memorial Interchange at Ga. 141 and Ga. 400 in Forsyth County.

Murphy’s appointment as chairman of the Regulated Industries and Utilities Committee, vacated when Sen. David Shafer was elected president pro tem, was cited as one of the reasons for his selection, said Towery.

Murphy said he was honored to be chosen for the distinguished list of influential lawmakers.

“As Georgia continues on the path of economic recovery, I will remain dedicated to shaping and influencing public policy to make Forsyth County and our state the best place to work, live and play,” Murphy said.

Gooch is chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee and vice chairman of the Senate Economic Development Committee, both of which handle bills to draw businesses to the state, as well as find solutions to traffic congestion.