Two new legislators get ready for General Assembly

By Dal Cannady - bio | email

ATLANTA, GA (WTOC) - Jan Tankersley and Delvis Dutton talked to friends in the capital hallways like they already knew their way around the Gold Dome. South Georgia's newest state representatives said they both must quickly shake off the newness of taking office.

"It feels like I'm supposed to be here. I got that vote of confidence from my voters and I'm ready to get to work for folks and my district, said Tankersley, a Republican from Brooklet.

"I'm excited to represent the district and very honored they sent me," added Dutton, a Republican from Glennville.

For now, the two freshman sit side by side like their predecessors, Bob Lane and Terry Barnard, who've told them what to expect.

"Bob has expressed to me not to get overwhelmed. He assured me I would learn what I need to know," said Tankersley.

"He said 'Don't get overwhelmed with it'. Just be who I can be. I look forward to walking the path I was put on and hopefully won't side step off," Dutton explained.

Both took their oath of office surrounded by family and friends, many of whom braved the snow and ice storm to get there. Both hope they can do what folks back home want.

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