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Miller loses Senate president pro tem vote
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State Sen. Butch Miller, R-Gainesville, lost the vote Monday for Senate president pro tem in the Georgia legislature.

Miller told The Times the vote of Republican Senate members was tied 19-19, but incumbent Senate President Pro Tempore David Shafer of Duluth prevailed 20-18 in a revote.

The president pro tem is officially the No. 2 spot in the state Senate, with Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, R-Gainesville, serving as the president.

Miller, who dropped his candidacy for Senate majority leader in order to seek the pro tem post, said he was encouraged to do so after receiving dozens of phone calls from allies and supporters voicing their desire for a change in Republican leadership.

Had Miller won, representatives from Hall County, including Miller, Cagle and Gov. Nathan Deal, would have dominated leadership positions in the state’s GOP-controlled politics.

Miller told The Times he was encouraged by the support he received, which he said reveals his growing influence as a leader in the Georgia General Assembly.

In a follow-up statement, Miller said “Although my efforts may have fallen short, I have great confidence in the newly-elected leadership team and know they will continue to work hard for Georgia citizens.”

“Success is not measured on a single event,” the statement continues. “With the experience of this race, as well as serving as senate majority caucus chair, I am a better man and a better servant of the 49th District and the state of Georgia.”