September 27, 2005
Georgia officially has a new state senator. Attorney Ed Tarver was sworn in earlier today in Augusta. But usually state senators take the oath of office at the state’s capital in Atlanta. News 12 is on your side to tell you why the ceremony was moved to Augusta and what Senator Tarver plans to do while in office.
“Ed, when you came into this chamber you were Senator-elect Tarver. Congratulations, now you are Senator Tarver,” said Judge John Ruffin.
It’s what Ed Tarver has wanted to hear for some time now. Today though, it was official. After a second go ‘round for the District 22 seat, he is Georgia’s newest senator.
“I strongly believe that there are better days ahead for Augusta and I will do anything in my power to bring those days about,” Tarver said.
And if the voters’ results weren’t indicative enough of the amount of support that Tarver has in Augusta, today’s standing room only crowd certainly was.
Tarver chose Chief Appeals Court Judge John Ruffin to swear him in with his wife Beverly and children Eddie and Elizabeth by his side. So what’s at the top of his agenda?
“We need to improve economic development to do something to get a package of incentives here to enable us to compete with the border communities on the South Carolina side,” Tarver said.
In addition, Senator Tarver says he also wants to improve the Laney Walker Corridor, continue the Hope Scholarship to five years and improve Augusta’s law enforcement.
Typically state senators are sworn in at the state capital in Atlanta, but Tarver said in an effort to save gas, it was held in Augusta at the municipal building.
“When it was initially scheduled for Atlanta there were a number of folks who wanted to be there but couldn’t because of schedules or transportation issues, so this way it worked out best for everyone,” Tarver said.
For now, he’s off to spend time with his family. He won’t actually have to go to Atlanta until January, but he’ll be here continuing to do what he’s always done.
“My wife, family and I have always contributed in any way that we could. This is just another opportunity to serve,” Tarver said.
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