(Editor’s note: This is an exclusive InsiderAdvantage interview by staff writer Jim Kingston with new Georgia House of Representatives Majority Leader Jon Burns, R-Newington.)

1) When you took office in 2005, did you ever think you would eventually be chosen by your colleagues as leader of the state House Republican caucus? As a follow-up, what or who prompted you to offer for the position?

It is truly an honor to serve as House Majority Leader. Although this was not a specific goal of mine, I have always wanted to serve this caucus and our state to the best of my ability. I also had the great fortune of learning from other leaders, past and present, who have worked tirelessly to implement the best long-term policy solutions for our state. Their examples, and my strong relationship with our caucus members, inspired me to offer my name for consideration.

 

2) As majority leader, what are your legislative priorities for the 2016 General Assembly session?

My priority is to ensure Georgia remains a great place to live, to hold a good job, and to feel secure raising a family. From an economic standpoint, my legislative priorities are to promote responsible economic growth, foster innovation and allow businesses to invest in their employees and their communities. From a budgetary standpoint, our spending is back to its 2008 levels, even though our state’s population is nearly 10% greater than it was in 2008. That means our state is serving its citizens with much greater efficiency than it was just seven years ago. With a state population that now exceeds 10 million residents, it will be my priority to ensure we continue to make state government work better and more efficiently for all Georgians. 

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