Police: Longtime Georgia lawmaker, Covenant College graduate found dead

Police: Longtime Georgia lawmaker, Covenant College graduate found dead

July 26th, 2011 by Associated Press in Local - Breaking News

Rep. Bobby Franklin, R-Marietta, follows debate from House floor during the legislative session at the Capitol in Atlanta

Rep. Bobby Franklin, R-Marietta, follows debate from...

The Associated Press

ATLANTA - Cobb County police say a longtime lawmaker known for his outspoken conservative views and frequent "no" votes on legislation has been found dead at his home in Marietta.

Police spokesman Mike Bowman said Rep. Bobby Franklin's death is being treated "as a natural death" and foul play is not suspected.

The Marietta Republican was first elected to the state House in 1996. He regularly introduced legislation - which never successfully passed - to define abortion as murder in Georgia.

Franklin graduated from Covenant College on Lookout Mountain, Ga., with a degree in Biblical studies and business administration. He is originally from Birmingham, Ala.

He was a business consultant.