Georgia Sen. Tommie Williams says he won't seek re-election as president pro tempore

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Williams quits job as Senate leader

ATLANTA — Georgia Senate President Pro Tem Tom­mie Williams, who helped turn the chamber Republican in 2002, said Monday he will give up his leadership post next year.

The Lyons Republican made the announcement in a letter to the chamber’s GOP caucus. Williams, 57, is running for re-election unopposed but will step aside from the caucus’s most powerful position when lawmakers convene in January.

Williams has held the post – the No. 2 job in the Senate behind the lieutenant governor – since 2009. Before that, he served as Senate majority leader.

With three young children, Williams said, he wanted to spend more time with his family.

Williams was first elected to the Senate in 1998, working with a group of GOP senators to expand their membership into a majority by 2002. He developed a reputation as a quiet, behind-the-scenes leader who believed in a democratic approach to decision-making.

– From wire reports

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