Georgia’s House Rules Committee Chairman John Meadows Loses Hard Fought Battle With Cancer

Henry Rodgers | Capitol Hill Reporter

Georgia’s House Rules Committee Chairman John Meadows died Tuesday morning after a battle with stomach cancer.

The news of Meadows’ death came in a tweet from former Secretary of State of Georgia Brian Kemp, who is running against Stacey Abrams for governor. Meadows was elected to the Georgia House of Representatives in November of 2004.

Kemp called Meadows a “devoted public servant and community leader,” saying, “He will be missed and our prayers are with his family as they mourn.”

While Meadows, 74, was chairman of the Rules Committee, he also served on the Governmental Affairs, Industry and Labor, Insurance, Retirement, and Game, Fish, and Parks committees, according to Fox 5. (RELATED: Democrat Stacey Abrams Files Lawsuit In Georgia Governor Race As Runoff Looks Out Of Reach)

John Meadows speaks on floor of the Georgia House (Screen Shot_Youtube).jpg

John Meadows speaks on floor of the Georgia House (Screen Shot/Youtube)

“My dear friend John was a great man – brave Marine, loving father and adoring grandfather. He loved his family with total devotion. His public service, both as a Marine and a state representative, was grounded in trying to ensure his children and grandchildren saw a better tomorrow,” Georgia Republican House Speaker David Ralston said in a statement Tuesday.

Meadows’ seat will be filled after Republican Gov. Nathan Deal calls for a special election.

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