Georgia state Rep. John Meadows, R-Calhoun, who served as chairman of the House Rules Committee, has died.
In a statement released Tuesday, Speaker of the House David Ralston, R-Blue Ridge, mourned the loss.
"My dear friend John was a great man — brave Marine, loving father and adoring grandfather."
"He loved his family with total devotion," he
added. "His public service, both as a Marine and a State Representative, was grounded in trying to ensure his children and grandchildren saw a better tomorrow."
Meadows was elected to the Georgia House of Representatives in November 2004 and represented the residents of Murray and Gordon Counties, according to the release. In addition to chairing the Rules Committee, he also served on the Governmental Affairs, Industry and Labor, Insurance, Retirement, and Game, Fish & Parks committees.
Prior to his election to the House, he served as the mayor of Calhoun for 13 years as well as a member of the Calhoun City Council for three years.
He spent his professional career in the insurance industry and served the United States in the Marine Corps, the release states. A native of Calhoun, Meadows attended West Georgia College, now the University of West Georgia.
"My heart goes out to John's family – particularly his beloved wife Marie, his children B.J. and Missy, and his grandsons Will, Patrick, and Max," Ralston said.