Archive for November, 2012

Shafer Elected President Pro Tempore by Georgia Senate Republican Caucus

ATLANTA (November 15, 2012) – Senator David Shafer (R-Duluth) has been elected by the Senate Republican Caucus to serve as the next president pro tempore of the Georgia State Senate, effective with the start of the 152nd Legislative Session of the Georgia General Assembly. The Senate Republican Caucus held leadership elections today during a retreat at Little Ocmulgee State Park, where they will also adopt caucus rules and proposed Senate rules for the upcoming legislative session. (more…)

Sen. Chip Rogers on Decision to Not Seek Majority Leader Re-Election

Senator Chip Rogers (R-Woodstock) announced today that he would not seek re-election as Majority Leader of the Georgia Senate.

“I am honored to have served four years in leading the Republican Majority. After months of consideration I ultimately decided that the toll of serving my Caucus was taking too much from my family. While I had no challengers for the position of Majority Leader, the decision was still clear to me.  Leadership positions should never become permanent and I am very supportive of our new Majority Leader and my good friend, Senator Chance,” said Senator Rogers.

Senator Ronnie Chance, who announced his candidacy after Senator Rogers decided not to run for re-election, applauded the years of service Senator Rogers gave to the Republican Majority.

“I have been honored to support Senator Rogers and appreciate his successful service as our Majority Leader. He is a close personal friend, and after his decision to step-down I was honored to receive his full support. For this I am sincerely grateful,” said Senator Chance.

Senator Chip Rogers served as Majority Leader for four years, making him the longest-serving Republican Majority Leader in Georgia Senate History.

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Sen. Majority Leader Chip Rogers Named to Governor’s Digital Learning Task Force

ATLANTA (November 8, 2012) – Senate Majority Leader Chip Rogers (R-Woodstock) has been appointed to Governor Nathan Deal’s Digital Learning Task Force alongside ten other Georgians representing a variety of educational, business and government backgrounds. The appointees will serve an important role in shaping public policy and best practices for Georgia’s digital learning programs.

“Georgia’s ability to remain competitive in the global marketplace largely depends on the investment we make in our students from an early age,” said Senator Rogers. “Expanding digital learning programs in K-12 schools will not only provide students with the technical background now required for college or a career, but it will assist in creating a robust and ready workforce for economic development opportunities. I am honored to serve on this task force and look forward to the first meeting with my colleagues.”

“Senator Rogers has been nationally recognized for his leading efforts in digital learning. I appreciate his willingness to serve as we strive to make Georgia the premier state for incorporating new technology into the learning process,” said Governor Nathan Deal.

The Digital Learning Task Force was created as the result of an executive order signed by Governor Deal earlier this year. The task force has been charged with developing recommendations on ways to improve student achievement through digital learning environments, including a possible transition to digital textbooks and using wireless mobile devices in the classroom.

Senator Rogers is a longtime advocate of digital learning environments. During the 2012 legislative session, he authored SB 289, the Digital Learning Act, which was signed into law by Governor Nathan Deal earlier this year. The measure is expected to make Georgia a national leader for the number of digital learning courses offered to students and the number of students learning through a digital format.

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November 8, 2012

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