ATLANTA -- Georgia's newest senator, Hardie Davis, got to work today, voting on two bills that sailed to passage and taking his place in the Augusta delegation.
Senate Democratic Leader Robert Brown, of Macon, said he had been in discussion prior to today with the newest Democrat in the chamber.
"He seems to be acclimating well," Mr. Brown said. "I think he will be an asset to the Senate."
And Augusta delegation chairman Rep. Quincy Murphy also extended his welcome, or rather "welcome back" because Mr. Davis is a veteran of the delegation after serving in the House from Augusta since January, 2007.
"Team Augusta is now in place, and the citizens of our community expect all of us to represent them to address the issues of our state and to help Augusta excel," Mr. Murphy said.
With the delegation at full strengthen, it will concentrate on transfer of the land and statues from the defunct Georgia Golf Hall of Fame to the city.
Mr. Davis' committee assignments in the Senate include ethics, transportation, government oversight, state & local government and economic development.
"Had I been here at the beginning of the session, we could have done more in terms of committee assignments and building relationships," he said.
Mr. Davis won the seat after a runoff in the special election to fill the balance of the term when Ed Tarver stepped down to become U.S. attorney. He joined the session on the 14th day, more than one quarter into the 40-day session.
The legislation he introduced last year as a member of the House will have to be re-introduced now that he's a senator.