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Georgia General Assembly

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  • Jared Irwin, Governor (1750 - 1818)
    Jared Irwin (1750 – March 1, 1818) served twice as elected Governor of Georgia (1796–1798) and (1806–1809). He first was elected to office as a reformer based on public outrage about the Yazoo land s...
  • Charles Murphey Candler (1857 - 1935)
    Reference: Find A Grave Memorial - SmartCopy : Jun 5 2018, 3:35:29 UTC Charles Murphey Candler (1858-1935) — of Decatur, DeKalb County, Ga. Born in Decatur, DeKalb County, Ga., March 17, 1858. Lawyer; ...
  • Dr. Moses Sheftall (1769 - 1835)
    By 1818 the growth of the Jewish population of Savannah encouraged the congregation to seek its own synagogue building. Dr. Moses Sheftall and Dr. Jacob De la Motta were the leading spirits in this mov...
  • Zell Miller, Governor, U.S. Senator (1932 - 2018)
    Zell Bryan Miller (February 24, 1932 – March 23, 2018) was an American author and politician from the U.S. state of Georgia. A Democrat, Miller served as lieutenant governor from 1975 to 1991, 79th G...
  • Peter Meldrim (1848 - 1933)
    Peter Wiltberger Meldrim (4 December 1848 − 13 December 1933) was an attorney, politician, judge and an army officer from Georgia, United States. He was born in Savannah, Georgia on December 4, 1...

The Georgia General Assembly is the state legislature of the U.S. State of Georgia. It is bicameral, consisting of the Senate and the House of Representatives.

Each of the General Assembly's 236 members serve two-year terms and are directly elected by constituents of their district. The Georgia State Constitution vests all legislative power with the General Assembly. Both houses have similar powers, though each has unique duties as well. For example, the origination of appropriations bills only occurs in the House, while the Senate is tasked with confirmation of the Governor's appointments.

The General Assembly, which is the legislative branch of the state's government, was created in 1777 during the American Revolution—it is older than the U.S. Congress. During its existence the Assembly has moved four different times when the state capital changed its location. The first location the Assembly served in was Savannah, then Augusta and Louisville, moving from there to Milledgeville, and finally to Atlanta in 1868.

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