Beginning in January, U.S. Rep. John Barrow will represent all of Richmond County and most of Columbia County.
To ease the transition for his new constituents, Barrow will hold a meeting from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the Augusta 12th Congressional District office on Laney-Walker Boulevard.
Everyone is invited to attend, but anyone who has issues being addressed by U.S. Rep. Paul Broun’s office is urged to attend, a Barrow spokesman said. Until the new Congress is sworn in next month, all of Columbia County and a part of Richmond County are in Broun’s 10th Congressional District.
Whenever constituents have issues to take to their congressman – such as Social Security or veterans benefits – release forms must be filled out before those issues can be addressed, spokesman Richard Carbo said. People who have issues in Broun’s office will have to sign new release forms to allow Barrow’s staff to take over those cases.
Those forms will be available at Saturday’s meeting.
“We are encouraging anyone with casework in Congressman Broun’s office to come in and fill out the paperwork so on Jan. 3 we can start right away,” Carbo said.
Barrow’s office assists with issues such as obtaining a passport or tour admission to landmarks such as the White House, and it acts as a liaison with federal agencies.
Saturday’s meeting will also offer residents information about Barrow’s services and give them a chance to meet their new representative.
“It’s just a chance for Congressman Barrow and his staff to meet everyone,” Carbo said.
The 12th Congressional District was redrawn by Georgia Republicans last year for the second time in Barrow’s eight-year tenure, this time excluding his Savannah base and replacing it with most of Columbia County and Richmond County’s 10th District precincts. The district also includes Appling, Bulloch, Burke, Candler, Coffee, Effingham, Emanuel, Evans, Jeff Davis, Jenkins, Laurens, Montgomery, Screven, Tattnall, Toombs, Treutlen and Wheeler counties.
Barrow beat state Rep. Lee Anderson, of Grovetown, in November to win a fifth term in office.