State Republican Sen. Jeff Mullis of Chickamuga will continue as chairman of the Senate transportation committee for the 2011-2012 term, after being appointed by the Senate committee on assignments. Additionally, Mullis will stay on as Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation.

He represents the 53rd Senate district which includes Chattooga, Dade and Walker counties and portions of Catoosa County.

Mullis will also serve as secretary of the powerful Senate rules committee and sit on the appropriations, banking and economic development committees.