During his career, Ehrhart has served as the House Republican Whip, chairman of the powerful House Rules Committee, and as chairman of the appropriations subcommittee that handles funding for higher education. In that role, he has been a strong ally of Kennesaw State University.
He has been referred to as the 20th Regent - as in the University System Board of Regents - because of his frequent involvement in college issues.
He's regularly used his political power to influence policies he doesn't like at Georgia's colleges and universities, whether public or private, and things he does like.
Loved by conservatives, often loathed by liberals, Ehrhart has been outspoken on a host of system issues, from campus rape to freedom of speech to the arts, and he used his position to influence how colleges punish students, protect victims of rape and spend their money.