State Representative Stephen Allison (R-Blairsville) today announced that he will retire from the Georgia House in 2016 and will not seek reelection in 2016. He was elected in 2008 after defeating Democratic incumbent Charles Jenkins. He subsequently won re-election in 2010, 2012 and 2014.
Representative Allison served three years as Chief Deputy Whip for the Republican Caucus and in 2015 was named Chairman of the Special Rules Committee. During his tenure in the Georgia House of Representatives he was named a Defender of Liberty from the American Conservative Union, was awarded an Environmental Leadership award from the Georgia Conservation Voters, had a A+ rating from the NRA and was named Legislator of the Year from the Georgia Firefighters Association in 2012.
Full press release below
“After a great deal of consideration and prayer, and after many conversations with my family and loved ones, I am announcing that I will not seek re-election to the Georgia House of Representatives in 2016.
The greatest honor of my life has been to serve as your state representative these past eight years, and I have been privileged to serve as your voice in Atlanta. Throughout my years in public service, I have had the opportunity to meet and get to know so many of my neighbors and work on problems that face our community. I have also had the privilege to work with so many wonderful public servants who are tireless in their drive to make our community a great place to call home.
Regina and I want to thank the people of Rabun, Union, Towns and White counties for their continual support and friendship. We were blessed to have so many people who worked with us, encouraged us and prayed for us, through four elections and eight years of public service. The people in these mountains are special, and they will forever have a place in our hearts”.