State Politics

Kemp Signs Executive Order to Replace Newly Elected Lawmaker Charged with Felony Drug Crimes

Governor Brian Kemp recently signed an executive order authorizing the replacement of a newly elected state lawmaker who has been charged with felony drug offenses.

Barrow County deputies arrested 67-year-old Danny Rampey on December 16 on charges of Burglary (5 counts), Intimidation/Exploitation of Disabled Adults, Elderly Persons, and Residents (6 counts), 1 count of Possession of a Controlled Substance, and Obtaining Drugs by Misrepresentation or Theft (six counts). 

According to arresting authorities, Rampey was seen burglarizing an unoccupied unit at Magnolia Estates in Winder on December 15. He reportedly stole prescription drugs from one of the retirement complexes he and his family manage.

Rampey was just elected in House District 119 in November 2022. His race was uncontested in the General Election after he prevailed in the Republican Primary in May over Marcus Ray. Rampey won that race by a margin of 82.74% to 17.26% in both Barrow and Jackson counties. 

Following his arrest in mid-December, Rampey opted to step down from the soon-to-be post to avoid suspension or removal by the Governor. 

Kemp’s Executive Order calls for a special election for the seat to be held on Tuesday, January 31, 2022, meaning House District 119 will have no representation for the first three weeks of the legislative session at the Capitol. 

The Georgia 2023 legislative session begins January 9.

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Jessica Szilagyi

Jessica Szilagyi is Publisher of TGV News She focuses primarily on state and local politics as well as issues in law enforcement and corrections She has a background in Political Science with a focus in local government and has a Master of Public Administration from the University of Georgia. Jessica is a "Like It Or Not" contributor for Fox5 in Atlanta and a commentator on the 'Let Me Tell You Why You're Wrong Podcast.' Sign up for her weekly newsletter:

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    Incognito January 9, 2023

    Just a taste of the massive corruption that (is) Barrow County. Tip of the iceberg. The roaches run from the light.. Don’t worry, the Prosecutors and Judge’s will let the crimes of the elite slid as they always do…. They too are the diseases of Barrow County. Deep rooted and long festering………….

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