State Sen. Cecil Staton, R-Macon
Georgia State Sen. Cecil Staton, a Republican from Macon, will again fill the role of Majority Whip. He was re-elected during a Senate Republican Caucus leadership retreat Thursday at Little Ocmulgee State Park.
The Majority Whip's role is to research legislation, communicate research with caucus members, ensure attendance at votes, and keep tally of votes.
Staton's re-election places him in the third ranking leadership position within his party's caucus.
He kept his leadership position despite a rocky two years.
In July, he beat a primary challenger, Spencer Price, by just over 200 votes out of more than 20,000. Price filed an ethics complaint against Staton.
Last year, Georgia Southern University claimed that a broadcasting company partly owned by Staton owed them more than $50,000, and ended their contract to broadcast the school's sports events. Staton called it a simple contract dispute and said his Georgia Eagle company was in the right.
And a Republican activist accused Staton of sending emails -- under an false name -- that attacked Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle.
Staton also denied that and said he'd done nothing wrong.
The 152nd session of the Georgia state legislature begins on January 14.