POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Gwinnettians assigned House committee roles

Tom Kirby

Tom Kirby


Valerie Clark


Rep. Dewey McClain


Chuck Efstration


David Shafer

The beginning of the legislative session brought some shuffling to local legislators’ committee assignments.

Gwinnett’s two newest House members — Dewey McClain and Chuck Efstration — received their assignments this week, and two other locals were given leadership roles.

Lawrenceville’s Valerie Clark was tapped as the vice chairman of the Transportation Committee. Clark, a retired principal, also serves as vice chair of the education subcommittee of Appropriations, and is a member of the Education; Health and Human Services; and Human Relations and Aging committees.

“I am honored to serve on a committee that is so important to our community and to our state,” Clark said of the new role on road issues. “Because of the transportation issues we face in our district, it is crucial that our area be represented.”

Rep. Tom Kirby, of Loganville, was given the role of vice Ccairman of the Human Relations and Aging Committee by Speaker Ralston this week. Rep Kirby will also serve as Secretary for the Industry and Labor committee, and has been assigned as a member of the Agriculture & Consumer Affairs, and Small business development committees.

“I am honored to be assigned as the Vice Chairman for the Human Relations and Aging Committee, as this important committee handles issues that affect all Georgians,” Kirby said. “I look forward my work on this committee, and continuing to be a strong voice for the citizens of district 114.”

And the new legislators were happy with their assigned tasks.

McClain, a former Falcons linebacker who represents an area of Lawrenceville, was named to the Industry and Labor, Interstate Cooperation, and State Planning and Community Affairs committees.

“I am honored by these assignments and believe that these are three of the best committees that a freshman could be assigned to,” McClain said. “As the president of the Atlanta North Georgia Labor Council, I am especially excited about my placement on the House Industry and Labor committee; this is an ideal committee for me, and I look forward to serving the citizens of district 100 and Georgia.”

Efstration, who won a Dacula-based district in a runoff last month, was assigned to the Juvenile Justice, Defense and Veterans Affairs, and Insurance committees.

“I am excited to receive such an important committee lineup as I serve the citizens of House District 104,” Efstration said. “I look forward to providing input as legislation is considered in each of these committees.”

Korean-American Day recognition

During Monday’s opening day activities, Duluth Sen. David Shafer presented a resolution honoring the celebration of Korean American Day.

The event commemorates the arrival of the first Korean immigrants in the United States on Jan. 13, 1903, a press release said.

“Like the immigrants of all nationalities who came before them, Korean Americans have contributed significantly to our great nation. I am honored to recognize the positive impact of the Korean American community on Senate District 48 and the state of Georgia,” Shafer said.

Gwinnett County has one of the largest Korean-American populations in the United States, the release noted.

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