Rep. John Lunsford receives service award

COVINGTON - State Rep. John Lunsford, R-McDonough, has received a 2008 Legislative Service Award by the Association County Commissioners of Georgia.

Lunsford represents District 110, which includes parts of Butts, Henry and Newton counties.

The award is given to lawmakers who "have demonstrated leadership and interest in improving county governments for the benefit of Georgia's citizens," according to a press release issued by ACCG.

Lunsford was recognized for sponsoring House Bill 1019 to create a State Infrastructure Bank, a revolving loan fund for local government transportation projects.

Counties can apply for loans or other financial assistance for transportation projects such as roads, bridges, transit, rail, airports and bicycle/pedestrian facilities.

Gov. Sonny Perdue capitalized the bank with more than $38 million in the 2009 budget.

The legislation was modeled on similar banks in 33 other states.

"ACCG is proud to recognize the exemplary work of Rep. Lunsford by presenting him with a 2008 service award," said ACCG Executive Director Jerry Griffin. "We applaud him as he continues to serve as a leader among his peers. He has consistently demonstrated his concern for the well-being of all Georgia citizens and by his work in the General Assembly, he has acknowledged the vital role that counties have in serving the taxpayers in Georgia."

Lunsford was also honored as 2008 Legislator of the Year by the Georgia Home Education Association.

"I'm just proud to do it," Lunsford said of his role as legislator. "You work hard to try to do the right thing and sometimes you get recognized and sometimes not. Even if you don't get recognized, you're hired to do the job."