Gov. names Coomer House floor leader
by Matt Shinall
Sep 25, 2012 | 938 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Gov. Nathan Deal last week named State Rep. Christian Coomer, R-Cartersville, as House floor leader, a position working closely with the governor to progress legislative goals.

“The governor’s floor leaders are responsible for making sure the governor’s legislative agenda is carried through the House and Senate. Basically, not that different from a rank and file member of the House or Senate, except that the floor leader is carrying the governor’s legislation through the process. Of course that means you’re working very closely with the governor and his staff,” Coomer said.Three floor leaders are assigned to each the House and the Senate. In the House, Coomer will be joining State Rep. Amy Carter, R-Valdosta, and State Rep. Matt Hatchett, R-Dublin. Coomer is replacing the role vacated by State Rep. Doug Collins, R-Gainesville, who is running for Congress in November.

“I think it’s really a reflection of folks at home who have put their trust in me and their confidence in me and have helped me to be successful at the capitol — both my colleagues in the legal profession who have helped me cover some times in court and my friends and family at church and the community who have supported me through my elections and in their prayers,” Coomer said. “I think it’s really a compliment to the people of Bartow and Floyd counties and I think ultimately it will present some opportunities for Bartow and Floyd county to be at the top of the list when it comes to asking for preference in a number of areas where we may be in competition with other communities in the state.”

The selection for floor leader is made by the governor and included an interview and references from within the House.

“The governor spoke with the speaker of the house and Chairman Meadows, of the House rules committee, to find out whether they would support having me as floor leader — I guess to determine if I work well with other members of the House, to find out that I had a good reputation in the House and if I had the skill set necessary to do a good job for the governor,” Coomer said. “I was interviewed by the governor and his staff. ... And once those folks endorsed me, the governor called me last week to officially ask me to be one of his floor leaders.”