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District 117 Rep. Gaines Appointed to House Whip Team

Sidhartha C. Wakade

Athens native and District 117 Representative Houston Gaines has been appointed to serve as a member of the House Majority Caucus Whip Team. The two-year term is concurrent with his legislative term.

"I'm excited and honored to serve in this new role as one of our deputy whips on the majority caucus. It's important because in this role we play a part in making sure that we're passing good legislation that's going to move our state forward and continue to make Georgia an even better place to live, work, and raise a family.

Gaines says the appointment helps to bolster the Athens area’s strength at the Capitol.

"I'm looking forward to working in this position along with the other new committee assignments. It's good for our community that we're having these positions in leadership and I'm excited to USE this role to do all I can to support our community and move our state forward.

Members of the Whip Team are responsible for monitoring legislation as it moves through both chambers of the General Assembly and helping their fellow House members understand the details of bills and resolutions. Lawmakers are considering restoring budget cuts and making changes to state voting laws among other issues this year.

This year’s session is scheduled to end on April 2nd.

Alexia Ridley joined WUGA as Television and Radio News Anchor and Reporter in 2013. When WUGA TV concluded operations, she became the primary Reporter for WUGA Radio. Alexia came to Athens from Macon where she served as the News Director and show host for WGXA TV. She's a career journalist and Savannah native hailing from the University of Michigan. However, Alexia considers herself an honorary UGA DAWG!
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