Judson Hill Running for Likely Congressional Vacancy

Atlanta Business Chronicle

Georgia Sen. Judson Hill, R-Marietta, is the first candidate in the race to succeed U.S. Rep. Tom Price, R-Roswell, if Price joins President-elect Donald Trump’s Cabinet.

Trump nominated Price Tuesday to become secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. If Price is confirmed by the Senate, it would create a vacancy in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District for the first time in 12 years. Price, himself a former state senator, was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives when then-Rep. Johnny Isakson moved up to the Senate in 2004.

“I am asking for the votes of the citizens of the 6th Congressional District because I want to serve them as a conservative reformer,” Hill said Wednesday in a news release announcing his candidacy. “I am running for Congress with a record of standing firm on principles of liberty, limited government and fiscal responsibility.”

Hill said he would continue the 6th District’s tradition of conservative representation, a record set by Price, Isakson and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who represented the district for 20 years. Georgia’s 6th District, which includes portions of East Cobb County and North Fulton County, has long been one of the most conservative in the country.

Hill was elected to the Georgia Senate in 2004, succeeding Price in the General Assembly. He serves as chairman of the Senate Finance Committee.

Before serving in the legislature, Hill was an assistant U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Georgia. He also spent time in Washington, D.C., as a White House appointee to the State Department.