Just ran into state Rep. Earl Ehrhart (R-Powder Springs). “I’m no longer House rules chairman,” he said. Boxes are already stacked in his office.
The 22-year legislator held the No. 2 position of power in the House under Speaker Glenn Richardson, and – through his role as rules chairman – served as chief disciplinarian for the House leadership. So his removal was not unexpected.
Even so, Ehrhart was remarkably upbeat, and says he landed well. He’ll be a vice-chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, overseeing the budgets of Georgia’s universities – good news for Cobb County, which is home to Kennesaw State University and Southern Tech.
Ehrhart, who just turned 50, indicated that he wouldn’t be hanging around the Legislature too much longer, perhaps running for one more term.
Another reason for his smile as he prepared to vacate his office – he just had a kid named to the U.S. Naval Academy.
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