Category: Republican Politics


Senator David Shafer supports Delay of Obamacare

ATLANTA (July 30, 2013) – Senate President Pro Tempore David Shafer (R – Duluth) today released the following statement supporting the emergency appeal by Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens to delay the implementation of massive Obamacare health insurance rate increases.

“Notwithstanding the President’s many assurances to the contrary, I have always suspected that Obamacare would lead to higher health insurance rates.  But the rate increases pending before the Georgia Insurance Department are absolutely staggering in magnitude.”Continue Reading..


David Cook to be sworn-in as Secretary of the Georgia Senate today

ATLANTA (July 2, 2013) – The swearing-in ceremony for new Secretary of the Senate David Cook will be held TODAY at 4:00 p.m. in the Senate Chamber at the Georgia State Capitol. Cook was appointed in early May to the position by Senate President Pro Tempore David Shafer (R – Duluth) after an extensive search process and succeeds the now-retired Bob Ewing.

Please contact the Senate Press Office regarding interview opportunities.

WHO:           David Cook

WHAT:         Swearing-In Ceremony

WHEN:        Tuesday, July 2, 2013 at 4:00 p.m.

WHERE:     Senate Chamber, Georgia State Capitol, 206 Washington Street S.W., Atlanta, GA


Senator Unterman discusses Shafer’s election as President Pro Tem

From today’s Gwinnett Daily Post:

In case you missed the news last week, Gwinnett Sen. David Shafer was picked by the GOP to serve as the president pro tem of the Georgia Senate.

(Officially, the vote will take place when the session begins in January, but because the Republicans have such strong control of the chamber, the party gets the pick.)

Shafer, who represents Duluth, will become the 68th president pro tempore in the history of Georgia. The president pro tem chairs the Senate Administrative Affairs Committee, which is responsible for operations of the Senate, and is charged with speaking on behalf of the entire Senate, a press release said. He also assumes the duties of the lieutenant governor in his absence.

Renee Unterman, another powerful senator from the Gwinnett delegation, said she was honored to nominate and second Shafer for the position, during a meeting at Little Ocmulgee State Park. She had 19 proxies from the Reform Caucus to support her colleague.

“Our Reform Caucus is committed to uniting fellow senators with the lieutenant governor restoring order, transparency, and ethics to the Georgia State Senate,” she said of the group.

The appointment is a coup for the county, she said.

“Gwinnett’s prominence continues to rise with the state’s legislative leadership, as our delegation leads both in the Senate and the House,” she said. “Sen. Shafer is a shinning example of our talent in Gwinnett County.”


Kathy Schrader endorsed by Rep. Brooks Coleman, Senator David Shafer

Duluth, GA – State Representative Brooks Coleman, a Republican, endorsed Kathy Schrader in the August 21 runoff election for Gwinnett County Superior Court.

“I know Kathy Schrader from our work together in the Duluth community, and she has the best qualifications for Superior Court Judge. I hope Gwinnett County voters will join me in voting for her in the runoff election on August 21st,” said Coleman.

“Governor Nathan Deal thought highly enough of Kathy Schrader’s character and qualifications that he appointed her to the Governor’s Office for Children and Families, and I trust Kathy Schrader to protect our community,” said Coleman.

Schrader has also been endorsed by Senator David Shafer, a Duluth Republican.

“Kathy Schrader will make an outstanding addition to the Gwinnett Superior Court.  Her qualifications are second to none, and she is the best choice for protecting our children and families,” said Shafer

That’s why I’m asking you to join me in voting to elect Kathy Schrader as our next Superior Court Judge,” said Shafer.

“The endorsements by Brooks Coleman and David Shafer who are my own State Representative and State Senator,  are very important to me and I thank them both,” said Schrader.

Schrader took first place in the non-partisan election on July 31st, with 43.5% of all votes, more than twice the support of the runner-up. Georgia law requires a runoff where no candidate receives more than 50% of votes cast.

In the August 21st runoff election, any registered voter may vote, regardless of whether they picked a Republican, Democratic, or non-partisan ballot, or if they didn’t vote on July 31st.


Senator David Shafer receives high marks for 2012 Legislative Session

Senator David Shafer, who represents Duluth and Johns Creek in the Georgia General Assembly has recently been awarded high marks by the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, Georgia Conservation Voters, and Americans for Prosperity, a grassroots conservative organization.

The Georgia Chamber of Commerce released their scorecard (.pdf) and graded Shafer’s performance at 100 and awarded him an “A+” for the 2012 legislative session.

“I’m honored by the Georgia Chamber’s high mark for my business-friendly voting record because attracting new jobs to our state translates to hope for the close to 9 percent of unemployed Georgians,” said Sen. Shafer.

“The ‘A’ grade given by the Georgia Chamber to State Sen. Shafer reflects an unwavering commitment to bringing jobs, investment and long-term economic growth to Georgia,” said Georgia Chamber President and CEO Chris Clark.  “Without question, he is a true champion of the state’s business community and we are tremendously grateful to have such a strong voice at the Capitol working to strengthen Georgia’s pro-business climate and help companies across the state effectively compete in the global marketplace.”

Georgia Conservation Voters, a nonpartisan organization whose stated mission is “implementing policies that ensure clean water and air, abundant wildlife, scenic landscapes, and economic opportunities for all Georgians,” presented Senator Shafer with the 2012 Environmental Leadership Award in based on his leadership during the 2012 session and his voting record.

“I appreciate the recognition by Georgia Conservation Voters of my work to protect Georgia’s natural beauty,” said Sen. Shafer.

Rob Teilhet, Executive Director of Georgia Conservation Voters, said, “Senator Shafer never hesitated to fight for the protection of our health and quality of life, and the Georgia we all love is better off because of his leadership this year at the General Assembly.”

“Senator Shafer not only cast votes in favor of protecting Georgia’s natural resources this year, but he actively worked to promote an understanding among his colleagues of the need to protect Georgia’s environment as an integral part of preserving our way of life,” continued Teilhet.

Shafer received an A+ rating from Americans for Prosperity, a national grassroots conservative organization that works for economic freedom and limited government.

“I’m honored to be recognized by Americans for Prosperity with an A+ rating,” said Sen. Shafer.  “I share this organization’s commitment to economic freedom and opportunity.”

“Americans For Prosperity Georgia congratulates State Senator David Shafer for his 100 percent rating,” said Virginia Galloway, AFP Georgia State Director. “This rating reflects a strong stand for the issues that Americans For Prosperity holds dear: economic and educational freedom, smaller and more efficient government, lower taxes, and less regulation.”