Jim Whitehead is going where few first-term state senators have gone before.
The Evans Republican was recently named a Majority Deputy Whip of the Republican Caucus by Majority Whip Mitch Seabaugh (R-Sharpsburg).
It's a role rarely bestowed on freshman legislators.
"As a freshman Senator, this is quite a privilege to be entrusted with this position," said Sen. Whitehead. "As a member of the Senate's leadership team, I will be able to influence legislation and the passage of laws that will benefit my constituents and all Georgians. I am up for the challenge, and I believe we are going to have a successful legislative session in 2006."
The role of the deputy whip is to assist the caucus leadership in mobilizing the vote on key legislative issues and objectives. Sen. Whitehead also will provide information on legislation to the members of the Republican Caucus and will work with the leadership in coordinating strategy within the State Senate. In addition, Sen. Whitehead will poll members of the Senate Majority Caucus on their backing of proposed law to ensure the Caucus' support of major legislation.
"Sen. Whitehead has demonstrated extraordinary leadership skills over the past year," Sen. Seabaugh said, following the appointment. "He is well-liked by his colleagues, and knows how to get the job done. He is an asset to the Republican leadership team, and his knowledge of the issues will benefit our Caucus and the Senate as a whole."