Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Chance not seeking reelection to the state senate

2014-02-19

By Pat Cooper


State Senator Ronnie Chance (R-Tyrone)

On Wednesday morning, Georgia State Senator Ronnie Chance (R-Tyrone) announced from the Senate floor that he would not be seeking re-election to the post he’s held for the past decade.
“I’ve been very fortunate and have thoroughly enjoyed serving the citizens of Georgia,” Chance said. “The people of the 16th District provided me an invaluable loan in allowing me to represent them these past 10 years.”
Senator Chance’s legislative career has focused on economic development and job creation issues, and he was twice named Legislator of the Year by the Georgia Chamber of Commerce. In 2009, he received the Champion of Economic Development Award by the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce and the Friend of Business Award by the Regional Business Coalition in 2010; the 2011 Environmental Leadership Award by Georgia Conservation Voters and the 2013 Legislator of the Year Award by Georgia Bio. Senator Chance is a 2007 graduate of Leadership Georgia. In 2013, the Georgia Chamber of Commerce again named Chance one of its Legislators of the Year.
Chance is the only person to have served as floor leader to both of Georgia’s Republican Governors, Sonny Perdue and Nathan Deal. He chaired the Government Oversight, Finance and Economic Development Committees, served as a budget conferee and held numerous leadership positions within the senate.
A native Atlantan, Chance has been involved in Georgia politics and public affairs for over 20 years.
Two decades ago, Chance founded an Atlanta-based public relations firm, focusing on communications and business development services. He has advised several Fortune 100 corporations and a number of policy leaders including former United States Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole and United States Senator Johnny Isakson, as well as, United States Congressmen Mac Collins, Phil Gringrey and Lynn Westmoreland.
He formally served as State Director to Congressman Mac Collins where he managed three district offices and served as media spokesman.
In 1995, Chance was named Georgia Executive Director for Bob Dole for President. He managed the Georgia offices and served as campaign spokesman and media advisor. Chance founded his public relations firm following the 1996 election cycle, focusing on grassroots and grass top strategies and business development services.
“Ronnie has served the people of his district with distinction for 10 years,” Governor Nathan Deal said. “As a majority leader and as a committee chairman, he has led and shaped laws that benefit the entire state of Georgia. As a floor leader for my administration, he worked with me to pass legislation that saved the HOPE scholarship for the next generation of our best and brightest students. I’ve known Ronnie since he was an aide to former Congressman Mac Collins, so he’s not just a colleague but also a friend. I thank him for his years of service, and I wish him and his family all the best.”
Chance is the only person to have served as floor leader to both of Georgia’s Republican Governors, Sonny Perdue and Nathan Deal. He chaired the Government Oversight, Finance and Economic Development Committees, served as a budget conferee and held numerous leadership positions within the senate.
“Since his election to the Georgia State Senate, Ronnie Chance has distinguished himself as an effective and trusted leader in the General Assembly’s upper chamber,” said Lt. Governor Casey Cagle. “As chairman of both the Finance and Economic Development Committees, Administration Floor Leader under two governors, and now as Senate Majority Leader he has played a critical role in countless policy issues we have confronted as a state. While we in the Senate will miss his principled leadership, wise counsel, and relentless commitment to moving our state forward, I wish him the very best as he returns to private life and know that he looks forward to spending more time with his lovely wife Cressida and their three precious daughters.”
Senate President Pro Tempore David Shafer (R-Duluth) today released the following statement regarding the retirement of Senate Majority Leader Ronnie Chance (R – Fayetteville):
"Ronnie Chance has been a friend for over 20 years, and it has been my honor to serve with him in the State Senate. He will be greatly missed as Senate Majority Leader and as a member of this body. I wish him and his beautiful family all the best."
On Wednesday morning, Chance said he wasn’t totally stepping out of the ring, that he would be running his public relations company and spending more time with this family.
“After 10 years, it was time. I don’t want to miss this time with them.”
Chance has advised dozens of elected officials including United States Senators Bob Dole and Johnny Isakson, United States Representatives Mac Collins, Phil Gingrey and Lynn Westmoreland.
During his legislative service, Senator Chance has represented Fayette, Lamar, Monroe, Pike and Spalding Counties.

 

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