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Ralston named among states most influential
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A high-ranking member of Dawson County's legislative delegation has been recently named to a power list of the most influential leaders of Georgia in 2015.

House Speaker David Ralston, R-Blue Ridge, was once again selected as one of the state's 100 most influential leaders in an annual directory composed by Georgia Trend magazine.

Representing the state's 7th House District, that includes an area of northern Dawson County, Ralston was listed alongside Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, Gov. Nathan Deal and other newsmakers across the state.

A Majority Caucus nominee, Ralston is expected to be voted speaker once again when the General Assembly convenes next week.

According to the magazine, Ralston was recognized for his attempt to increase accountability in regards to the state's forfeiture laws.

An accompanying list of Notable Georgians recognized Sen. Steve Gooch.

The Dahlonega republican represents the 51st senate district, which includes Dawson, Fannin, Gilmer, Lumpkin, Union and White counties and portions of Forsyth and Pickens.

In November, Gooch was named Majority Whip, the third ranking leadership position in the Senate Republican Caucus for the upcoming legislative session that begins Monday.

His primary responsibilities include researching legislation, educating and informing caucus members and ensuring a full caucus presence during important legislative votes.