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Buddy Carter sworn in as Georgia senator
Buddy Carter sworn
State Sen. Buddy Carter, center, is sworn into office by Judge Charles Mikell on Sunday at Wesley Monumental United Methodist Church. - photo by Photo provided.
Georgia Sen. Earl “Buddy” Carter was sworn in as a state senator on Sunday at Wesley Monumental United Methodist Church.
Charles Mikell, an appellate court judge, administered the oath while former 1st District Sen.
Tom Coleman introduced Carter to the audience of more than 150 people.  
Sonny Dixon, a Savannah TV personality and former state representative, served as masters of ceremony.
Carter ran in a special election to replace Sen. Eric Johnson, who resigned to run full-time for governor of Georgia. Carter has served in the Georgia General Assembly since 2005 as the representative for District 159.  He also has served as mayor of Pooler for five terms and chairman of the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Planning Commission.
Carter beat his opponent, Dr. Billy Hair, on Nov. 3, garnering 85 percent of the Liberty County vote. He credited his win to the hard work of his supporters and endorsements from “quality people.” Carter said he received staunch support from former state Rep. Buddy DeLoach, former Hinesville Mayor Allen Brown, local attorney Bob Pirkle, state Rep. Al Williams and Liberty County School Board member Becky Carter.
The senator said he will continue the work he did as a representative, except now he will serve a larger area. The Georgia Senate reconvenes Jan. 11.
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