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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Local lawmakers named as deputy whips

Three Gwinnett lawmakers were named House leadership lieutenants this week.

State Reps. Buzz Brockway, R-Lawrenceville, Valerie Clark, R-Lawrenceville, and B.J. Pak, R-Lilburn, were three of the dozen members named as House Majority Deputy Whips on Friday by Whip Rep. Edward Lindsey.

"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," said Majority Whip Lindsey. "The legislative understanding and personal integrity that enables these representatives to successfully serve their constituents will also make them valuable members of the House Majority Whip team."

Brockway and Pak said they were honored.

"I view the deputy whip position as yet another way for me to assist our legislative chamber in doing the people's business," Pak said. "I am grateful and excited to serve in this leadership post."

Broun hosts constituent service days

Need some help from your congressman?

Those Gwinnettians and Barrow residents who want to meet staffers for their new congressman will have a chance soon.

U.S. Rep. Paul Broun, the Athens Republican whose district lines moved to reach as far as eastern Gwinnett, is planning Constituent Service Days throughout the newly redrawn 10th Congressional District.

The meetings are planned for 13 counties and will serve as an opportunity for people to ask questions and see what services the congressman's office may provide.

"Representing the 10th Congressional District is an honor, and I will work to provide you with the best constituent services possible," Broun said. "My staff can advocate for veterans seeking to process their claims, students interested in military academies, seniors encountering problems with Medicare, and many other issues. Although I can't change the decision of a federal agency or guarantee specific results, my staff can often ask questions, find solutions, and help you cut through the red tape. So I invite you to take advantage of this opportunity to meet one-on-one with a member of my staff during an upcoming Constituent Service Day."

The first session is set for 3 to 6 p.m. Monday at the historic train depot where the Barrow Chamber of Commerce is based in Winder.

On Wednesday, staffers will be available from 9 a.m. to noon at the Dacula City Hall, and a Monroe meeting is set for 2 to 5 p.m. at the Walton County Courthouse on Thursday.

For more information, please call the Athens District Office at 706-549-9588 or visit www.Broun.house.gov.

Political Notebook appears in the Thursday and Sunday editions of the Gwinnett Daily Post.

Camie Young can be reached via email at camie.young@gwinnettdailypost.com.

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