ATLANTA - Jerry Keen, the retiring majority leader of the Georgia House, is resigning his legislative seat immediately to become senior consultant for strategic development in the governmental affairs diversion of Troutman Sanders.
Keen, who reportedly had numerous job opportunities, will not be lobbying, which is prohibited under Georgia law, but will be working with the law firm's various offices around the country.
Keen leaves the chamber as a popular leader and is considered close to Speaker David Ralston, with whom he formerly roomed during legislative sessions.
Keen has worked in the financial-services field while representing St. Simons Island and a portion of mainland Glynn County in the House.
He had considered a run for statewide office in this year's election but decided instead to retire, telling his colleagues of his plans just before this year's legislative session ended in April.