The Newnan Times-Herald

Opinion

Trammell adds to delegation’s influence


  • By The Newnan Times-Herald
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  • Dec. 03, 2016 - 6:46 AM

Coweta County’s legislative delegation just got a little stronger this week with the election of Rep. Bob Trammell as vice chairman of the House Democratic Caucus.

The Luthersville Democrat’s rise in status comes at a time when the local delegation adjusts to the loss of a senior member of the Republican leadership with the retirement of Rep. Matt Ramsey of Peachtree City. Ramsey represented Senoia and part of East Coweta and had climbed the ladder in his nine years in the legislature to become the majority whip, giving him a seat at the table when the speaker and committee chairs made major decisions.

While Trammell’s post in the leadership of the minority caucus has less sway, it’s not inconsequential. Besides the reality that minority parties sometime become majority parties is the fact that Gov. Nathan Deal may need Democrats’ votes on a few of his initiatives next year after angering his fellow Republicans over controversial vetoes this year. That gives Trammell and his minority colleagues potential bargaining strength.

Coweta is fortunate to have Republican Rep. Lynn Smith as the dean of our delegation because her seniority and chairmanship of the weighty House Natural Resources and Environment Committee gives us a powerful voice. The other delegation members, all Republicans, include freshmen Sen.-elect Matt Brass who succeeded Mike Crane and Rep.-elect Josh Bonner who replaced Ramsey, and Rep. David Stover who is still very junior and whose reputation as a maverick leaves him with little pull as far as the leadership is concerned.