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Georgia House Speaker Jan Jones Applies for US Senate Vacancy

Georgia House Speaker Jan Jones Applies for US Senate Vacancy
Rep. Jan Jones, R-Alpharetta, talks to a colleague at her seat on the floor of the House during the first day of the Georgia General Assembly in Atlanta, Monday, Jan. 11, 2010. Jones was elected speaker pro tem. (John Bazemore/AP)

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Monday, 07 October 2019 11:52 AM Current | Bio | Archive

In a surprise move last week, Georgia House Speaker Pro Tem Jan Jones submitted a resume and letter of intention for an appointment to the seat of outgoing Republican Sen. Johnny Isakson (who recently revealed he has Parkinson’s disease and will resign Dec. 31.)

“If given the honor of serving our great state in the U.S. Senate, I will work tirelessly as your partner on behalf of all Georgians in support of conservative policies that will bring greater prosperity and opportunity,” Jones said in a letter to Republican Gov. Brian Kemp.

Ironically, the move by Jones, the highest-elected woman in the Peach State, came barely 24 hours after Newsmax reported that Kemp’s choices to replace Isakson were down to three men: Rep. Doug Collins, former Rep. Jack Kingston, and John Bardis, self-made billionaire in the health care industry and former assistant secretary of Health and Human Services.

“Jan is just as conservative as any of them,” said one Georgia Republican source who requested anonymity, “And this is a governor who likes to make dramatic statements to show the Republican Party  is diverse—and to show up [2018 Democratic opponent] Stacey Abrahms, who kept calling Republicans “white racist men.”

The same source noted that earlier this year, after Georgia’s state insurance commissioner was removed from office following a 38-count indictment on fraud charges, Gov. Kemp passed over people from the insurance industry and the political class in naming a replacement.

Instead, Kemp chose Doraville (GA) Police Chief and former National Guard Major General John King and thus made him the first Hispanic constitutional officer in Georgia history. 

King, a native of Mexico, served in Bosnia, Iraq, and Afghanistan.  Before becoming police chief, he was a detective with the Atlanta Police Department. 

In naming King insurance commissioner, Kemp hailed him as “an American hero.”

If appointed to the Senate, Jones would be only the second Republican woman from Georgia to serve in Congress. (The first was Karen Handel, who won a special election for the U.S. House in 2017 but was unseated in ’18). 

John Gizzi is chief political columnist and White House correspondent for Newsmax. For more of his reports, Go Here Now.

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