Lunsford to run for whip

John Lunsford

John Lunsford

COVINGTON -- State Rep. John Lunsford, R-McDonough, has announced his intention to seek the office of majority whip.

"It is with great humility that I enter the race for majority whip," said Lunsford in a press release. "While there are many talented people in our caucus who could do this job, I feel that my business background and legislative experience make me uniquely qualified."

The majority whip is designated by fellow party members in the Georgia House of Representatives to assist the majority leader by keeping members advised of floor and committee votes. The majority whip helps deliver the necessary amount of votes needed on particular pieces of legislation favored by the majority party. He or she also manages the legislative agenda of the party.

Lunsford is a five-term legislator representing the 110th district, serving parts of Newton, Henry and Butts counties. He serves as senior hawk and as vice chairman of the Rules Committee. He also serves on the Appropriations; Health and Human Services; Rules; and Science and Technology committees.

Lunsford said he has been an active participant in helping his fellow party members get re-elected and has been involved in development of agenda strategies and financial support of the party, contributing to numerous campaigns.

"I have worked to help build our majority, and I know what it takes to maintain it," he said. "We must commit ourselves to core conservative principles -- lower taxes, a smaller, more efficient government and removal of the regulatory burdens that hinder business and job growth, and personal responsibility. This is my vision to improve Georgia."

Rep. Jan Jones, R-Milton, currently serves as majority whip. In 2008, she became the first Republican woman to hold the position in Georgia history.

There have been rumblings amid political watchers and bloggers that there will be an overhaul of Republican leadership when the Legislature reconvenes in January, or even beforehand, following the resignation of Speaker of the House Glenn Richardson, R-Hiram.

"This is a vital time for House Republicans, with elections and redistricting on the horizon," Lunsford said. "I offer my services to my colleagues at this time because I want to help lead Georgia toward a conservative government, which I feel will enrich our state for generations to come."

Lunsford was born in Pine Bluff, Ark., and has lived in Georgia for more than 30 years. He serves on the board of directors for the Henry County Farm Bureau, Quality Growth Council, Connecting Henry Program and the Clayton County Law Enforcement Training Academy.

He and his wife Tina have seven children. They reside in McDonough and the family attends Philadelphia Baptist Church.