Richard Smith gets House leadership appointment

ATLANTA -- State Rep. Richard Smith, R-Columbus, has been appointed as secretary of the House Appropriations Committee.

Smith found out about the appointment late Wednesday night.

"I was very pleasantly surprised," Smith said Thursday morning just before the General Assembly started its fourth work day of the session.

The appointment will give Smith a vote in the various Appropriation subcommittees. It also gives him a vote on the powerful House Ways and Means Committee.

Smith, a retired county extension agent, is in his fourth year in the House representing District 131. He won election after long-time representative Tom Buck retired. Smith is a former Columbus councilor and ran unsuccessfully for mayor.