ATLANTA -- Gov. Nathan Deal has named Rick Jeffares (R-Locust Grove) and Charlie Bethel, R-Dalton, as new state Senate floor leaders. Jeffares and Bethel will join Sen. Bill Jackson, R-Appling, and serve as liaisons between Deal and the state Senate when lawmakers return Jan. 14.
Jeffares represents portions of Newton, Rockdale and Henry counties in the District 17 seat.
Jeffares serves as vice chairman to the State and Local Governmental Operations Committee. He is also a member of the Government Oversight; Natural Resources and the Environment; Regulated Industries and Utilities; and Veteran, Military and Homeland Security committees. Jeffares previously served as city manager to Locust Grove and on Henry County Commission. He earned a bachelor's degree in Management from Clayton College and State University. Jeffares is currently the owner of J&T Environmental Services and vice president of the Georgia Rural Water Association. He and his wife, Leslie, have four children and reside in Locust Grove.