Shafer holds off Miller, is reelected Senate president pro tem

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Sen. David Shafer (R-Duluth) held off a challenge from Sen. Butch Miller (R-Gainesville) and was elected to a second term as Senate president pro tempore, the second-highest office in the Georgia Senate.

There had been three candidates in the race for pro tem, but Sen. Renee Unterman (R-Buford) withdrew her name at a Monday caucus of Senate Republicans.

“I am grateful to my fellow Republicans in the Senate for their vote of renewed confidence today,” Shafer said in a statement released after the vote.

“I am truly humbled by the support I received while pursuing the president pro tempore nomination from my Republican colleagues,” Miller said.  “Although my efforts may have fallen short, I have great confidence in the newly elected leadership team and know they will continue to work hard for Georgia citizens.”

Senate Republicans also elected Sen. Bill Cowsert (R-Athens) over Sen. Judson Hill (R-Marietta) to replace outgoing Sen. Ronnie Chance as Senate majority leader.

Sen. Steve Gooch (R-Dahlonega) was elected majority whip over Sen. John Albers (R-Roswell) and will replace former senator Cecil Staton in that post.

The caucus chairman is Sen. William Ligon (R–Brunswick), the vice chairman is Sen. Hunter Hill (R–Smyrna), and the caucus secretary is Sen. John Wilkinson (R–Toccoa).

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