South Georgia Lawmaker Penny Houston Will Not Seek Re-Election: Here's Why

South Georgia Lawmaker Penny Houston Will Not Seek Re-Election: Here’s Why

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NASHVILLE – In a heartfelt announcement that marks the end of an era in Georgia politics, State Representative Penny Houston (R-Nashville) declared she will not seek re-election to the Georgia House of Representatives, closing a distinguished 26-year chapter of service to South Georgia.

Representative Houston, who has been a fixture in Georgia’s political landscape since her election in 1997, shared her decision in a statement filled with gratitude and reflection. “Today, I’m sharing the bittersweet news that I’ve decided not to run for re-election this year,” Houston said. She expressed her desire to retire and focus on family, while still finding ways to serve her community.

Reflecting on her tenure, Houston mentioned the changes she witnessed and the enduring dedication of those working for the betterment of Georgia. “So much has changed since 1997 when I was sworn into the statehouse. But the dedication of the men and women working to make Georgia a better place to live has remained constant,” she remarked.

Houston’s career in the House of Representatives has been marked by her commitment to the people of rural Georgia, particularly those in House District 170, which includes Berrien County and portions of Cook and Tift counties. As the Chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Economic Development, Houston has played a pivotal role in shaping the state’s economic policies.

“The friendships, memories and experiences I have made in the House are a gift that I will always treasure,” Houston stated, reflecting on her time in office. She concluded her announcement with a message of thanks: “It has been the honor of a lifetime to represent the people of South Georgia, and from the bottom of my heart, thank you for giving me this opportunity to serve you.”

As Representative Houston prepares to step down, her legacy of dedication and service to her constituents will remain a hallmark of her tenure. Her announcement opens a new chapter for House District 170 as the community looks forward to the future of representation in this region.


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