State Rep. Sam Moore (R-Macedonia) was sworn into office as the new District 22 representative Tuesday morning, a few hours before the rest of the week was called off for the General Assembly’s 2014 legislative session because of weather.
Moore said he still managed to jump into his role head first.
“My first day, I was able to get five votes under my belt and I knew what was going on,” Moore, a former worker in the computer industry, said Wednesday. “And despite my colleagues trying to rib me and throw me off, being the freshman in the room, I was able to sail through without a problem.”
But Moore said even before Tuesday, he’d been working as if he was in office since beating out Ball Ground resident Meagan Biello by 406 votes in a runoff last Tuesday to finish out the term of the late state Rep. Calvin Hill (R-Canton). Moore plans to seek re-election to the seat representing parts of Cherokee, Forsyth and Fulton counties starting in the May primary.
On the night of the election, Moore stayed up celebrating with supporters until about 2 a.m. Then, he got up at 5:30 a.m. and drove to the Capitol, he said.
“I’ve gone down there every day since,” said Moore, who was also the first-place candidate in the Jan. 7 special election that led to the runoff. “One night I got home at 10 p.m. I’ve been working feverishly.”
Since the election, Moore said he’s been in committee hearings and reaching out to other legislators to figure out what committees he’ll be assigned to. He’s also started work with legislative attorneys on three separate bills.
Moore said he didn’t want to go into much detail on those pieces of legislation just yet, since they’re still being hashed out, before other legislators take a look. Generally, he said two of them are aimed at strengthening Fifth Amendment rights to silence and the other is geared at ensuring freedoms of the press.
Moore said his first vote in office Tuesday was in favor of a bill strengthening Second Amendment rights. That bill allows exceptions for use of firearms near roadways for some businesses and training facilities, he said.
It’s a “very small step toward restoring certain Second Amendment rights, but at least a step in the right direction,” he said. “I was very happy about that.”