Rep. Houston Gaines

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.

Houston Gaines via Twitter

Rep. Houston Gaines is taking on more responsibilities at the State Capitol. Gaines has been named Vice Chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Higher Education.

As part of our 2020 election coverage, WUGA is airing the first of two special edition Athens News Matters programs this week. Voters will have the chance to hear from candidates running for the State House. In the District 117 race, Republican incumbent Representative Houston Gaines is facing Democratic challenger Mokah Jasmine Johnson. Both discussed issues they’re likely to address.

Here’s Rep. Gaines. 

This week, Blake Aued, Lee Shearer, and Gwen O'Looney join Alexia Ridley to talk about the week in news and politics. Topics include: The current state of COVID testing, the Georgia House District 117 race, and how ACC Police are responding to renewed protests.

Rep. Houston Gaines on Lawmakers Back at Capitol

Jun 16, 2020
Alyssa Pointer/ALYSSA.POINTER@AJC.COM

Georgia legislators are back at work to resume their session. District 117 Representative Houston Gaines describes their new normal during the coronavirus pandemic.

“It’s certainly a historic time to be back at the Capitol, you know we’ve just returned after being suspended, everybody’s wearing a mask and socially distanced,” Gaines said. “Folks are spread out.”

While lawmakers are constitutionally bound to pass a budget, Gaines says other business is still being conducted.

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