Rep.Robert Trammell, D - Luthersville, asks a question in the Georgia House of Representatives on Feb. 8, 2016. BOB ANDRES / BANDRES@AJC.COM
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Trammell defeats challenge to leadership of Georgia House Democrats 

Democrats in the Georgia House of Representatives re-elected Rep. Bob Trammell as minority leader Monday, fending off a challenge from an ally of former Democratic candidate for governor Stacey Abrams.

Trammell defeated Rep. Carolyn Hugley on a 43-27 vote during a closed-door meeting of Democrats at the Georgia Capitol. Hugley, D-Columbus, was Abrams’ top deputy in the House when Abrams was minority leader.

Trammell, D-Luthersville, said he plans to use the Democrats’ 11-seat gain in the House to push for Medicaid expansion, stop religious liberty legislation and protect voting rights. There are now 75 Democrats in the 180-member House, which remains controlled by Republicans.

“Georgians are looking to our caucus to move the ball forward on issues that matter to them, like Medicaid expansion,” Trammell said.”It’s a results-oriented process, and constituents want to know that we’re using our time in the Legislature to get good things done.”

Trammell, an attorney from west Georgia, was first elected minority leader last year after Abrams resigned.

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