9:33 pm April 29, 2010, by Ernie Suggs
The Senate has a new majority whip.
Republicans in the senate voted unanimously to elect Sen. John Wiles of Kennesaw to the position.
Wiles, who had been acting whip, had been the chief deputy whip for the 2010 Legislative Session.
He rose to power earlier this month with several members of the GOP were ousted from power after voting against the so-called “sick tax,”
That bill, HB 307, imposes a 1.45 percent hospital tax on patient revenue. Former whip, Mitch Seabaugh of Sharpsburg resigned from his position over the controversial vote.
Since then, Wiles had been the acting whip.
“I’m honored and humbled that my colleagues called me to serve the people of Georgia and the Senate in this leadership role. I will continue to serve the people of Georgia, my district and the Republican Caucus with conservative values and integrity,” Wiles said.
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