House Majority Whip Christian Coomer of Cartersville was named Wednesday as a candidate to fill a vacancy on the Georgia Supreme Court created by Justice Harris Hines' retirement.
Coomer's was one of three new candidates names submitted to Gov. Nathan Deal by the Judicial Nominating Commission.
The addition of Coomer and the other two candidates — Appeals Court judges Charlie Bethel and Sara Doyle — brings the number of candidates to 10 that Deal could choose to replace Harris.
"I am honored to be considered by the Judicial Nominating Commission," Coomer said. "Gov. Deal has an impressive track record of appointing phenomenal judges to both the appellate courts and the trial courts across the state, including Judge Suzanne Smith of the Bartow County Superior Court. I’m confident the person he appoints will serve the citizens of this state honorably and with the highest standards of the legal and judicial professions.”
Coomer, a Cartersville attorney, was elected to the Georgia House of Representatives in 2010. He has served as chairman of the House Transportation Committee, with oversight of the Georgia Department of Transportation's annual budget. He also is a voting member on the appropriations, banks and banking, ethics, judiciary noncivil, juvenile justice, retirement, rules and transportation committees. He was elected Majority Caucus Whip in 2016.
He was named the 2017 Legislator of the Year by the Georgia Chamber of Commerce.
Coomer earned a bachelor's degree in communication from Lee University in Cleveland, Tennessee and a law degree from the University of Georgia.
He served four years on active duty in the United States Air Force as a Judge Advocate General and still serves as a JAG in the Georgia Air National Guard.
He was awarded the Chief Justice Robert Benham award for his contributions to the law profession and as a leader in community service and volunteerism.
Coomer joins Bethel and Doyle and DeKalb Superior Court Judge Asha Jackson, Senate Majority Leader Bill Cowsert, Superior Court Judge Melanie Cross, Cobb County Superior Court Judge Tain Kell, Fulton Superior Court judges Shawn LaGrua and Paige Reese Whitaker and Rep. Andy Welch as candidates for the appointment.