MOULTRIE — State lawmaker Rep. Ed Rynders, R-Albany, comes into his third session as a committee chairman.

Rynders was appointed by House Speaker Glenn Richardson, R-Hiram, to chair the Intragovernmental Governmental Coordination Committee even though he had never served on the committee before. The lawmaker said it was not unusual to be appointed to chair a committee first thing.

To serve as chairman, he has been taken off the Children and Youth Committee but will retain seats on the powerful Appropriations Committee, Transportation and his position as vice chairnan of Health and Human Services Committee.

“I’m obviously pleased with the confidence the speaker’s shown in me once again,” he said. “As it effects the region, I feel like I could obviously do more for Southwest Georgia on transportation, health and human services and appropriations — it’s a very, very important committee — but I’ll still be an advocate for our young people and families.

The Intragovernmental Coordination Committee has 12 members and handles legislation regarding state agency services.

Part of the speaker’s leadership team now, Rynders will move his office next week across the street from the Coverdell Legislative Office Building to the capitol to prepare for the 2006 legislative session beginning Jan. 9. The advancement will give him greater access to the speaker to “advocate for Southwest Georgia,” he said. Rynders represents District 152, split among Colquitt, Dougherty, Lee and Worth counties.

“I’m honored to have a seat at that table,” he said.

The opening was made when former Chairman Roger Williams, R-Dalton, took over chairmanship of the Regulated Industries Coordination Committee earlier this year when the chairman of that committee, David Graves, R-Macon, resigned after pleading guilty to driving drunk after unsuccessfully trying to evade his second charge of that offense asserting legislative immunity.

Rynders is the fourth member of his sophomore class of 18 to obtain a chairmanship.

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