Longtime Middle Georgia legislator plans to retire

State Rep. Johnny Floyd, who has represented a southern swath of Middle Georgia since 1989, plans to retire after next year's General Assembly session.

Floyd, 69, has expressed interest in running for a seat on the Georgia Department of Transportation Board, where Congressional District 2 representative Billy Langdale is also expected to retire. Floyd confirmed his plans to The Telegraph recently, but said he didn't want to discuss it yet because "I haven't really told my local people and all yet."

But news of the House veteran's plans has filtered out. Former legislator and DOT Board member Ward Edwards mentioned it casually at a recent event, when discussing his own planned run for Langdale's seat on the DOT board.

Floyd, who represents Crisp County and parts of Dooly, Houston, Pulaski and Worth counties, was a Democrat for most of his career. But in 2006, after Republicans took over in the House of Representatives, Floyd switched to the GOP and easily won re-election.