State Sen. Lee Hawkins today resigned from the Senate in order to seek Georgia's 9th Congressional District post.
Republican Hawkins' name will appear on ballots during the April 27 special election to fulfill the unexpired term of U.S. Rep. Nathan Deal. State election laws require Hawkins to resign his seat in order to see the Congressional office.
"It has been my honor to serve these years in the State Senate and to provide strong, conservative leadership for my home district," Hawkins said. "We are all excited for this new opportunity to expand our drive for a smaller, more responsible and conservative federal government. I am firmly committed to combating Obamacare and defeating Washington's liberal elitists with our North Georgia values."