Larry O’Neal to resign as House majority leader, Allen Peake to seek position

ATLANTA, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Georgia House majority leader Larry O’Neal of Bonaire is resigning this month to become the new judge for the state’s tax court.

Governor Nathan Deal announced O’Neal’s appointment as administrative law judge for the Georgia Tax Tribunal Thursday. This court deals with the tax code of Georgia. O’Neal will replace Honorable Charles R. Beaudrot Jr. upon swearing in.

O’Neal tells 41NBC his resignation would be effective April 30. He would also resign as the state representative of House District 146, which he has represented since 2001. A special election will be held to fill his vacancy in the Georgia House of Representatives.

O’Neal served as the Governor’s floor leader and chairman of the House Ways and Means committee. He is a tax attorney with 40 years of experience.

“I’m grateful in so many ways for the opportunity to serve in that capacity and I’m certainly grateful to Governor Deal for the opportunity to serve in my new capacity,” O’Neal told 41NBC News.

Macon lawmaker Rep. Allen Peake announced he will be running for the House majority leader position. In an email he sent to House republicans, Peake says he has the skill sets to serve the caucus best in the position.

“Larry O’Neal was an incredible friend and leader for our state and our state owes him a great deal of gratitude,” Peake said. “If I’m fortunate enough to be majority leader, I hope to follow in his footsteps with that same type of character and integrity for our state.”

O’Neal tells 41NBC the election to fill the vacant majority leader position will be on May 11.

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