Loudermilk resigns from state Senate to run campaign
by Jason Lowrey
Aug 28, 2013 | 1317 views | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
State Rep. Barry Loudermilk has resigned from his seat in the Georgia State Senate in order to focus on his congressional campaign. The effective date for his resignation will be Sept. 4, which puts the special election for his seat on the Nov. 5 ballot.

“We don’t want to cause any additional cost to the counties and cities, so that’s why we’re doing this, so it’ll fall on the date of an already existing election,” Loudermilk said. “So Sept. 5 was the last day we could do that, so just to be on the safe side we chose Sept. 4 and then that gives me time to take care of some administrative things that I’ve got to do and clear up some constituent issues I’ve been working on.”

Loudermilk is running to represent the 11th Congressional District, a seat that is up for grabs as Rep. Phil Gingrey announced earlier this year he would not run for re-election. Gingrey, in turn, is running to represent Georgia in the U.S. Senate after Sen. Saxby Chambliss stated in January he would not seek re-election.

In a press release Tuesday, Loudermilk thanked his constituents and looked toward his campaign.

“I am very grateful to the constituents who have given me the honor of serving you over the past several years, and I look forward to expanding that base and to make a bold stand for you in Congress,” the release said.

“With continual attacks on our basic liberties, a massive federal debt threatening our future, and the impact of Obamacare breaking an already fragile economy, we are running out of time to put our nation back on course,” the release continued. “Our children deserve a better nation than what is being passed on to them, and that is why I am going to focus my full attention on winning this race and serving the people of the 11th District in Congress.”

Loudermilk said he had planned to stay in office while campaigning until the primary date was moved forward to May 20. The original July primary date was deemed to be too close to the runoff by the federal government, so the federal government sued the state to move the primary, Loudermilk explained. When the state did not respond, the courts moved the primary to June 3. However, state officials sent in an appeal to move the primary further forward as advanced voting for a June 3 primary would occur on Memorial Day. The appeal then set the May 20 date.

“The practicality is you can’t run a campaign and be in the legislature if you’re going to do a good job at both,” Loudermilk said. “When I’m down at the capital I put everything I’ve got, my hear, my soul, my energy into my job as a state senator in the State House because I’m representing the people and we’re advancing our conservative cause.

“... I wouldn’t be able to do that with my mind on a campaign, and if you’re going to be successful in a campaign you’ve got to put your heart and soul and mind in it.”

In addition to Loudermilk, former U.S. Rep. Bob Barr and State Rep. Edward Lindsey are running for the 11th District seat. The 11th District covers all of Bartow and Cherokee counties, approximately half of Cobb County and a small northern section of Fulton County.

Barr released a statement later the same day thanking Loudermilk for his service to the state.

“I join with Barry’s constituents in thanking him for his service in their behalf, in both State Senate District 14 and his prior service in the State House. I look forward to a vigorous and positive campaign for the Republican nomination,” the statement read.

Until his resignation, Loudermilk represented Georgia’s 14th Senate District. Local businessman Bruce Thompson announced late in July he would run for the 14th Senate District seat. To date, no other campaigns have been announced.