Sen. Kay Kirkpatrick, M.D., appointed chair of the Senate Veterans, Military and Homeland Security Committee

The Senate Press Office distributed the following press release on January 12…

[Medical Association of Georgia member] Sen. Kay Kirkpatrick (R – Marietta) was appointed to serve as Chairwoman of the Senate Veterans, Military and Homeland Security Committee.

“An emphasis on veteran’s affairs and the creation of a supportive legislative network to assist our state’s servicemen and women has always been a focal point of my work at the state Capitol,” said Sen. Kirkpatrick. “I am excited and honored to be able to expand on these efforts in a new leadership position, and to find innovative ways to support Georgia’s 750,000 veterans and 100,000 active duty military personnel. Their contributions have been critical to the success of our state and I look forward to working with the other members of the committee to continue to promote our military and defense infrastructure.”

In addition to serving as Chairwoman of the Senate Veterans, Military and Homeland Security Committee, Sen. Kirkpatrick will also serve as a member of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee, Insurance and Labor Committee, and Judiciary Committee, as well as an Ex-Officio of the Senate Appropriations Committee.

“These committee chairs are uniquely qualified to develop real and lasting solutions aimed at building a better Georgia,” said Lt. Governor Geoff Duncan. “The Senate will continue to prioritize diligent committee work and sound public policy, and I look forward to working closely with each one of our chairs, and their committee members, as we work to enact policies that advance both the lives and livelihoods of all Georgians.”

Once a piece of legislation is introduced in the Senate, it is assigned to a committee, depending on its topic. If the committee gives the legislation a “do pass” recommendation, then the proposed law is sent to the Rules Committee for consideration. The appointed chairs will oversee the operation and order of Senate committee meetings, including calling for action on bills, resolutions or other matters assigned to that committee.

The first session of the 156th Georgia General Assembly convened on January 11, 2021, at the Georgia State Capitol.