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11 January 2010

Burkhalter May Resign From House to Focus On Business Ventures

Monday marks the first and last day that state Representative Mark Burkhalter (R - Johns Creek) will preside over the House as Speaker. A new report from The Beacon newspaper says that we may be seeing Burkhalter's last days as a legislator too.

Burkhalter decided shortly after Richardson's sudden demise not to pursue the Speaker's position permanently. A realtor and commercial developer, Burkhalter said he wanted to pursue an array of new business ventures in lieu of continuing his political ascension at this junction of his career.

Burkhalter said he would determine in the coming weeks whether his new business venture would require him to resign his seat in the Georgia House. Burkhalter has represented his district in North Fulton County since 1993.

"Mark's future in the statehouse will be determined in the coming weeks," said Susan Meyers, a spokesperson for Burkhalter. "He has to determine how often he has to be abroad during the next 40 days while the Legislature is in session. This is the exact same time he plans to open his London office so it might be tricky."

Fredericks, John (2010-1-11). Burkhalter Withdraws Name from GWCC Job Consideration, Launches New Business Venture in UK, may resign his House seat soon. The Beacon. Retrieved on 2010-1-11.

The 2010 legislative session continues to surprise.