Judson Hill becomes first Republican to enter race to replace Tom Price

State Sen. Judson Hill is hoping to take the 6th District back to its Cobb County roots.

The Marietta Republican is the first candidate to jump into the race to replacing Rep. Tom Price, a Roswell surgeon who was named Donald Trump’s health secretary on Tuesday.

The north Atlanta district, which stretches from east Cobb to north Fulton and DeKalb counties, was represented by Cobb Republicans for the first 14 years after it was created by the Legislature in 1991. First Newt Gingrich and then Johnny Isakson held the seat.

But Price’s upset victory over then-state Sen. Robert Lamutt shifted power to the north Fulton wing of the district.

Hill, who was first elected in 2004 to a Senate district that swings from east Cobb to parts of Sandy Springs, is a former federal prosecutor who chairs the Senate’s finance committee. He pledges to be a “conservative reformer.”

"The people of our great country voted in November to chart a new course to restore America’s leadership role in the world,” said Hill. “America's best days are ahead of us if elected leaders will simply return to our founding principles and seize the opportunity to fundamentally reform Washington, D.C."

The election is likely to be held early next year, as Price is not likely to resign until he’s confirmed by the U.S. Senate. His confirmation vote is expected in late January, and state law requires the governor to call for a special election at least 30 days after the vacancy opens. If nobody wins a majority of that vote — which is nearly a certainty in a crowded race — then a runoff would be held between the top two finishers.

Read about Hill's potential rivals, and more about the race, by clicking here.

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Greg Bluestein
Greg Bluestein
Greg Bluestein is a political reporter who covers the governor's office and state politics for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.