Georgia House Speaker David Ralston Dies reactions

Ralston served as Speaker of the Georgia House of Representatives for more than two decades.

ATLANTA – Politicians across Georgia are reacting to news of the death of House Speaker David Ralston on Wednesday. He was 68 years old.

Ralston served as Speaker of the Georgia House of Representatives for more than two decades.

Here are just some of their reactions across the Peach State:

Governor Brian Kemp said, “Today our state has lost one of its giants, our family has lost a dear friend and all Georgians have lost a true leader.”

Kemp has ordered flags to be flown at half-staff in honor of Speaker Ralston. Ralston will also be rested in the State Capitol. You can read his full statement below:

Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens said in a statement that he was deeply saddened to learn of Ralston’s death. You can read his full statement below:

in one tweetStacey Abrams offered her condolences to Ralston’s family, adding, “He possessed an impressive mind, served as a thoughtful leader and was a dear true friend.”

Rev. Sen. Raphael Warnock said, “Georgia is made better by leaders like David Ralston.”

US Senate candidate Herschel Walker said, “Speaker Ralston cared deeply about Georgia, fought for what he believed and delivered.”

The DeKalb County GOP also offered his condolences, thoughts and prayers to Ralston’s family and friends.

Josh McLaurin, Member of the Georgia House of Representatives, also expressed his sorrow on social media, saying, “I mourn with many Georgians today.”

Georgia Republican Party leader and former Georgia Senate member David Shafer said Ralston was “many things to many people” and went on to say “he was extraordinarily kind.”

Georgiga Senate Democrats said: “Apart from our political differences, we found Speaker Ralston to be measured and level-headed. Our hearts are with his family at this difficult time.”

You can read their full statement below:

Former Senator Kelly Loeffler said in a tweet, “After a lifetime of service, Speaker Ralston is leaving an indelible mark on the state of Georgia.”

Georgia Rep. Scott Holcomb said Ralston’s friendship “meant the world to me” and offered his condolences.

Rep. Teri Anulewicz added, “We can only hope to continue to serve Georgia in a way that honors Speaker David Ralston’s respect for the House of Representatives.”