Robert Dickey sworn in as state representative

ATLANTA -- With his wife, Cynde, holding the Bible and a judge giving the oath, Robert Dickey became the new state representative from Musella during a ceremony in the House of Representatives chamber Wednesday.

The early morning was spent shaking the hands of a stream of representatives and other well-wishers before Dickey even found his way to his desk.

He wasn’t ready to weigh in on any policies yet, and he said he had not made up his mind on the Macon-Bibb County government consolidation bill.

He’s asked to join the House committees on agriculture and energy. Dickey is a major peach farmer, and he sat on the board of Flint Energies.

Those assignments are pending meetings with House leaders and the Republican caucus.

Dickey, a Republican representing District 136, won the seat outright in a three-way special election Feb. 15.

His opponents were Democrat Sharon Howard and Republican Judye Sellier, the widow of Tony Sellier, who died in November at Peach County Hospital.