Golden is the latest party switcher


Veteran state Sen. Tim Golden of Valdosta has joined the parade of party switchers, announcing Monday that he is moving from the Democratic to the Republican caucus.

Golden’s decision now leaves Democrats with 20 Senate seats compared to 36 for Republicans.

“I am changing my party affiliation in order to better represent the views of the majority of my constituents and my own conservative, pro-business philosophy,” Golden said.

“Our state continues to face great challenges,” he added.  “As a member of the majority caucus, I will be able to more effectively represent the people of the 8th District on important issues including the annual state budget, tax reform, reapportionment and helping our businesses put more Georgians back to work.”

“Tim represents a district that is key to our state’s economic success and has always put the interests of his constituents above politics and partisanship,” Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle said.  “While his party label may be changing, I’m sure his commitment to those he serves will not.”

Golden, a moderately conservative businessman, had toyed with the idea of switching parties several years ago but decided then to stick with the Democrats.  He joins two House members from the Valdosta area, Ellis Black and Amy Carter, who recently switched to the GOP.

Golden served for eight years in the Georgia House before he was elected to the Senate in 1998.

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