Rep. Greg Morris, a Vidalia, Ga. native who is currently representing the 156th district in the Georgia House of Representatives, was elected as the new State Transportation Board member to represent the 12th Congressional District. Morris will take his seat on the State Transportation Board at the conclusion of the current legislative session. The district includes counties in east central and east southern Georgia and is comprised of Appling, Bulloch, Burke, Candler, Coffee, Columbia, Effingham, Emanuel, Evans, Jeff Davis, Jenkins, Laurens, Montgomery, Richmond, Screven, Tattnall, Toombs, Treutlen and, Wheeler counties. It also includes parts of Columbia, and Effingham counties. As graduate of University of Georgia with a degree in Political Science, Morris served his native county for three years as a Toombs County commissioner. He was first elected to the Georgia State House of Representatives in 1998. Presently, he is serving as chairman of the Banks and Banking Committee, as well as a member on the Appropriations, Code Revision, Natural Resources and Environment, and Rules committees. Serving as the spokesman under the Gold Dome for House District 156, he represents the communities in parts of Appling, Jeff Davis, Montgomery and Toombs counties. He and his wife Amy have two sons, Andrew and Jonathan. Georgia DOT is governed by a 14-member State Transportation Board which exercises general control and supervision of the Department. The Board is entrusted with powers which include, but are not limited to: naming the Commissioner; designating which public roads are encompassed within the state highway system; approving long-range transportation plans; overseeing the administration of construction contracts; and authorizing lease agreements. Board Members are elected by a majority of a General Assembly caucus from each of Georgia’s fourteen congressional districts. Each board member serves a five-year term.