Governor-elect Nathan Deal has announced the remaining members of his transition team and they include lobbyists, his campaign accountant and attorney, his daughter-in-law, several outgoing Republican state lawmakers and one former political foe.
The 26-member committee is supposed to advise Deal as he prepares to take the reins of power from fellow Republican Gov. Sonny Perdue in January. Among other things, the panel will help Deal decide who to hire for his cabinet.
Several of Deal’s panel members have been lobbyists, including: Dan Lee, a former state senator who has lobbied for numerous clients at the State Capitol; Rob Leebern, a D.C. lobbyist and former congressional staffer; Joe Tanner, a lobbyist and former Georgia Department of Natural Resources commissioner; and Monty Veazey, a lobbyist, former state representative and president of the Georgia Alliance of Community Hospitals.
Lobbyists were also among the names of a few panel members Deal announced last week,