Senator Butterworth Appointed Chairman of State and Local Government Committee

ATLANTA (March 25, 2010) – State Sen. Jim Butterworth (R-Clarkesville) was recently appointed chairman of the Senate Committee on State and Local Government by Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and the Committee on Assignments. This appointment became necessary after Senator Lee Hawkins resigned from the State Senate to run for higher office.

“In the short time Senator Butterworth has served in the Senate, he has proven that he is a capable leader who delivers results. I’m confident in Senator Butterworth’s ability to chair this committee and look forward to all he will accomplish,” said Lt. Governor Casey Cagle.

“I am honored by this appointment and look forward to working with local leaders on legislation that will further develop policies throughout our state,” said Butterworth. “I would like to thank Lt. Gov. Cagle for the opportunity to serve as chairman and look forward to leading this committee.”

Jurisdictions for the committee include special taxes, city and county organization and powers, subdivisions, and administration of special districts. The committee considers legislation for not only state government operations, but also counties and cities across the state.

Sen. Butterworth has served on the State and Local Government Committee since 2008 as an ex-officio member. He has also served as secretary of the Senate Economic Development Committee and secretary of the Senate Banking and Financial Institutions committee.

For more information please visit the Georgia State Senate homepage.

Sen. Jim Butterworth represents the 50th Senate District which includes Towns, Rabun, Habersham, Stephens, Banks, Franklin, and Hart counties along with a portion of White County. He can be reached by phone at 404.463.5257 or by email at

For Immediate Release:
March 26, 2010
For Information Contact:
Natalie Strong, Deputy Director
Katie Wright, Communications Associate