Speaker Ralston Lying in State at the State Capitol

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Georgia-  Speaker Ralston’s casket and his family will arrive at 11:00 a.m. tomorrow on Washington Street and enter the Capitol through the west door.  Governor and First Lady Kemp will be there to receive them along with an honor guard from the Georgia State Patrol.

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Members of the General Assembly and staff (House, Senate and Joint Offices) will line the plaza on either side (behind the State Patrol personnel) for the arrival ceremony.

The Governor and First Lady will enter followed by the casket, the family and then the members of the General Assembly and staff.

The casket will be placed in the Rotunda where a brief ceremony will take place with Governor Kemp and the Rev. Len Walker speaking.  After the ceremony concludes, the public receiving line will open with visitors entering the Rotunda through the South Wing and exiting the Rotunda through the North Wing.  Mrs. Ralston has indicated she will remain in the Rotunda throughout the public receiving line.

The building will close Tuesday evening at 7:00 p.m.  It will then reopen at 7:00 a.m. on Wednesday for the public receiving line to resume concluding at 10:30 a.m. that morning.  Please note that the South Parking Deck (at Memorial & Capitol Avenue) will be open to the general public for free parking.

At approximately, 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, the Speaker’s casket will then be carried out the west door by the Georgia State Patrol honor guard to a waiting motorcade on Washington Street which will conclude the lying-in-state.

David Ralston announces he will not run again for Speaker of the House

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Georgia – FYN has learned that at noon on Friday, November the 4th, a press conference to announce the Georgia State Speaker of the House, David Ralston,  will be making an announcement.  According to information we have received Mr. Ralston will not seek another term as Speaker of the House.

Currently Mr. David Ralston is the Representative of Georgia ‘s 7th District which includes Fannin, Gilmer and part of Dawson county.  FYN will update as more information becomes available.

See Press Release below:

Speaker David Ralston


Speaker Ralston Announces He Will Not Seek Nomination as Speaker of the House for the 2023-2024 Legislative Session

He intends to Represent 7th House District as State Representative.

ATLANTA – Speaker David Ralston (R-Blue Ridge), 73rd Speaker of the Georgia House of Representatives, announced today that he will not seek nomination for Speaker of the House for the 2023-2024 legislative session. He will serve the remainder of his current term as Speaker of the House which ends in January.

“Serving as Speaker of the Georgia House of Representatives has been the honor of a lifetime, and I owe a heartfelt thank you to my colleagues for the trust and confidence they placed in me thirteen years ago,” said Speaker Ralston. “I need to take time to address a health challenge which has arisen recently, and the House needs a Speaker who can devote the necessary time and energy to the office. I love the House and want to see the honorable men and women who serve in it succeed. I will work the remainder of my term as Speaker to ensure a smooth transition for my successor.”

If re-elected by his constituents, Speaker Ralston intends to serve as State Representative for the 7th House district for the 2023-2024 legislative session. Speaker Ralston is unopposed for that seat.

“I appreciate the continued support of my friends and neighbors in Fannin, Gilmer, and Dawson counties,” said Speaker Ralston. “I intend to serve out the next term as their state representative and fulfill the duties they have entrusted to me.”

Speaker Ralston was first elected to the House in 2002 and was first elected as Speaker of the House in 2010. He is the longest currently-serving state house speaker in the country.

A champion for job creation and economic development, Speaker Ralston has been a driving force behind many legislative accomplishments which have made Georgia the best state in the nation for business year after year, such as Georgia’s Transportation Funding Act of 2015 and the largest-ever income tax cut in state history.

Speaker Ralston has also worked with leaders in both parties to move Georgia forward through bipartisan legislation like Georgia’s comprehensive adoption reform in 2018 and the state’s first-ever paid parental leave policy for state employees and teachers in 2021.

In 2022, Speaker Ralston led the fight for historic reform of mental health care in Georgia. Georgia’s Mental Health Parity Act and accompanying funding transforms both access to and delivery of mental health services and treatment options throughout the state.

“I want to thank all the staff members who have assisted me throughout the years, particularly my Chief of Staff Spiro Amburn who has been by my side from the beginning,” said Speaker Ralston. “I could not have done all of this without the love and support of my family, particularly my wife, Sheree, and our children. They have been my rock, and I love them very much.”

The Speaker of the House is elected by and from the members of the House on the first day of each biennial legislative session. The Speaker serves as the House’s chief administrative officer. The Speaker also presides over House floor sessions, assigns bills to committees, and calls matters before the House for debate.

The House of Representatives will elect a new Speaker when the House convenes for the first day of the 2023-2024 legislative session on Monday, January 9, 2023.

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