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Georgia State Senate

Georgia Senate Chamber, Photo Credit John T. Smith, Brian Korosec

 

The General Assembly was created in 1777 shortly after the outbreak of the American Revolution, making it older than the United States Congress. Its Senate and House meet in separate chambers on opposite sides of the third floor of the Capitol. As of the 2010 census, the 56 members of the Senate each represent approximately 172,994 citizens.

The General Assembly is required by law to convene on the second Monday of January each year and meet for no longer than 40 legislative days. Bills may be introduced in either the Senate or House, with the exception of revenue and appropriations bills, which must originate in the House. The Senate, in turn, is responsible for confirming the Governor's appointments to boards and commissions.

The Lieutenant Governor carries the title of President of the Senate, and is elected by the voters statewide every four years.

In the Senate, all bills are called in the exact order they appear on the calendar, and an electronic voting system records the final vote on all general bills.

Legislative logjams, once common at the end of the Session, are prevented by requiring all Senate bills to be handled by the Senate and all House bills to be received from the House ten days before adjournment.

All Senate committee meetings and conference committee meetings to resolve Senate-House differences are open to the public, and meeting times for Senate committees are posted publicly well in advance.

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PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE - David Shafer

321 State Capitol
Atlanta, GA 30334
404-656-0089

MAJORITY LEADER - Ronnie Chance

236 State Capitol
Atlanta, GA 30334
404-463-1378

MINORITY LEADER - Steve Henson

121-B State Capitol
Atlanta, GA 30334
404-656-0085

SENATE MAJORITY CAUCUS

Butch Miller, Majority Caucus Chairman
 

Cecil Staton, Majority Whip
 

421 State Capitol
Atlanta, GA 30334
404-656-8055

SENATE MINORITY CAUCUS

Horacena Tate, Minority Caucus Chairman
 

Vincent Fort, Minority Whip
 

121 State Capitol
Atlanta, GA 30334
404-656-5035

GOVERNOR'S ADMINISTRATION FLOOR LEADERS

Rick Jeffares, Administration Floor Leader
Charlie Bethel, Administration Floor Leader
Bill Jackson, Administration Floor Leader

109 State Capitol
Atlanta, GA 30334
404-651-7738