Georgia State Representative Bert Reeves (R) resigned from the state’s General Assembly on April 30 to take a new role at Georgia Tech. He represented District 34 from 2015 to 2021.
Reeves will serve as the school’s vice president for institute relations, working on government and community relations and economic development. Reeves graduated from Georgia Tech with a bachelor’s degree in management and served as the school’s mascot, “Buzz,” from 1997 to 2000.
Reeves was first elected to the Georgia House of Representatives in 2014 after defeating incumbent Charles Gregory in the Republican primary, 52% to 48%. He was re-elected in 2016 and 2018, and most recently in 2020, defeating challenger Priscilla Smith (D), 56% to 44%.
When a vacancy occurs in the Georgia state legislature, the governor must declare a special election within ten days of the vacancy. The election must be held between 30 and 60 days after the governor’s announcement.