Rep. Earnestine Howard joined the General Assembly this year, filling the remaining term of her late husband, Rep. Henry Howard, who died last year.
1. What's been the biggest surprise?
"That would be the overwhelming level of bipartisan support that I've received from my fellow legislators in welcoming me and just offering their help in any way that they could ... and the degree of love and admiration that they have all expressed about the love that they had for my husband."
2. What's been your biggest accomplishment?
"Today (Thursday), I was able to get my first bill, which is House Bill 1246 (a proposal for the state to offer flags to the families of deceased state officials) through the governmental affairs committee and to get unanimous approval on it from the committee."
3. What been the biggest disappointment?
"It was the passage of the Voter ID bill, because I feel that it's unconstitutional and disenfranchises people not just in my district but in the state of Georgia. I was disappointed by the 65 Percent bill (which mandates minimum levels of local classroom spending)."
4. Are you running for re-election?
"It is truly my desire to run for re-election, but at this point I'm just a little undecided."
5. What's the most fun thing about being a legislator?
"The most fun thing I believe would be working with other legislators, learning how the process really works. Every day, you're learning something new and different about how it all comes together."