State Rep. Bubber Epps of Dry Branch, a legislator since 2009 and a Republican for all of a month, will work as a deputy party whip this year, helping to enforce party discipline on the House floor.
He and 10 other colleagues will assist chief House Whip Ed Lindsey, R-Atlanta.
In a statement, Lindsey said, “these deputy whips were carefully selected for their dedication, hard work and honesty, which has allowed them to earn the respect and trust of their fellow caucus members.”
Many top Georgia Republicans, such as Gov. Nathan Deal, started their careers as Democrats in a chiefly one-party South.