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Thursday, December 17, 2009

David Ralston elected House Speaker

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The Georgia House Republican Caucus has elected state Rep. David Ralston, R-Blue Ridge, to succeed Glenn Richardson as the House Speaker.

"First of all you've made a country boy real happy," Ralston said in a short acceptance speech after he was elected by secret ballot. "And you've honored me and I thank you very much for that."

Ralston, an attorney, reached out to the lawmakers he bested in what's become a competitive and heated race to determine who'd lead the House — and reform the scandal-tinged Republican party.

"Secondly, I need your prayers," he said. "I wasn't teasing earlier when I said we have a very big job ahead of us. I need Larry O'Neal, I need Bill Hembree. I need each one of you. 'Cause we're gonna get it done. And the last thing I want to say to you now is that, after today, let's go enjoy Christmas."

More to come.

(Courtesy House Communications)

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