Note: As of the 2012 election, Republicans control the Georgia House, 119-60. They’ve used their control of the governorship and state legislature to tear down the Tom Watson statue and erect an MLK statue in its place.
“ATLANTA | Support was overwhelming Monday in the Georgia House for putting a privately funded statue on the grounds of the state Capitol honoring the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who grew up a few blocks away.
There was little debate before the 173-3 vote. Only Rep. Tommy Benton, R-Jefferson, raised the point that people commemorated with statues on the grounds had served as elected governors, senators or both. …”