State Representative Barbara Massey Reece told AM 1180 on Monday afternoon that David Ralston has been elected Speaker of the House in the Georgia General Assembly.

Reece had stated earlier that she was looking forward to working with Ralston, who represents several counties in Northeast Georgia.  According to the Gainsville Times, Ralston is the first speaker elected from North Georgia in 150 years.  Reece said that often times North Georgia gets overlooked in the legislature and that having a North Georgia native would be a benefit.

Ralston addressed the House this afternoon after his election to the Speaker’s Chair.