The office will serve 9th District constituents who live in Gordon, Whitfield, Murray, Catoosa, Dade, Fannin, Gilmer and Walker counties, Graves said in an announcement.
"With this region's rapid growth and importance to the economic engine of Northwest Georgia, having this office will allow me to be of better service to you," Graves said.
Graves said constituents may call the office at 706-226-5320. Several staff members will work from the Dalton office.
Graves said he plans to hold a ribbon cutting and public open house on Tuesday, Feb. 1 from 4-6:30 p.m.
Sen. Loudermilk to Chair Science and Technology Committee
State Sen. Barry Loudermilk (R-Cassville) has been appointed to several influential committees for the 2011-2012 term by the Senate Committee on Assignments. Loudermilk will chair the Science and Technology Committee and will serve as vice chair of the Veterans Affairs Committee. He will also serve on the transportation and economic development committees.
“I am very excited about these committee assignments,” Loudermilk said. “I’ve been working in the computer science and information technologies industries for several years and I hope my experience will help my fellow senators as we make important decisions for Georgia. Likewise, I am proud to serve on the transportation and economic development committees. Decisions made on those committees are very important to my constituents in Northwest Georgia.”
Sen. Jeff Mullis, a member of the Committee on Assignments, said he looks forward to working with Loudermilk during the session.
“Senator Loudermilk is a welcome addition to the Senate,” Mullis said. “His outstanding record in the State House allowed us to make him one of only two incoming freshman Senators to earn a Committee Chairmanship. We believe he will become a Senate leader in the very near future.”
Rep. John Meadows to Chair House Rules Committee
State Rep. John Meadows (R-Calhoun) will be replacing Rep. Bill Hembree as the chairman of the House Rules Committee for the 2011-2012 term.
Additionally, Meadows has been replaced as chair of the Insurance Committee by Rep. Richard Smith (R-Columbus) for this term.
Rep. Rick Jasperce appointed to three committees
Rep. Rick Jasperse (R-Jasper), who represents Pickens County and the eastern half of Gordon County, was assigned to the House Agriculture and Consumer Affairs Committee, the Game, Fish and Parks Committee and the Economic Development Committee.
"I am tickled about these committee assignments," Jasperse said. "I think they're pretty good for a freshman."
Jasperse said he was especially pleased by his assignment to the Economic Development Committee.
"I plan to spend some time learning what programs are available in state government to help our district and the region," he said. "Learning will be the key for me."
Sen. Charlie Bethel appointed Deputy Whip and to various committees
State Sen. Charlie Bethel, R-Dalton, was named one of four deputy whips for the Senate Republicans by Senate Majority Whip Cecil Staton, R-Macon.
Bethel was also named secretary of the Senate Reapportionment and Redistricting Committee, secretary of the Retirement Committee, and a member of the Insurance and Labor Committee, the Judiciary Committee and the Special Judiciary Committee.
As deputy whip, Bethel will help make sure members are on the Senate floor for votes, assess the position of Republican caucus members on pending legislation and help communicate the majority position.
“I am humbled by this opportunity to serve my friends and neighbors in our state Senate and I appreciate the confidence of Sen. Staton and the leadership as reflected by this opportunity to serve as deputy whip,” Bethel said Tuesday.
As a member of the Reapportionment and Redistricting Committee, Bethel will help redraw the district lines for Georgia’s congressional delegation as well as the district lines for all members of the General Assembly.
“This is an important post for me, and it’s an important task for the whole state of Georgia. We do this only once every 10 years,” Bethel said.