Georgia Lawmaker Leaving Congress to Work on Olympic Games
WASHINGTON (AP) _ Democrat Lindsay Thomas, a member of the powerful House Appropriations Committee, said Thursday he will retire from Congress next year to become part of the group promoting the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta.
″I think many things can come out of it that will impact generations of Georgians and Americans for a long time to come,″ Thomas said in an interview. He said the new post would provide ″an opportunity for me to be part of something that can be great.″
The 48-year-old lawmaker is Georgia’s only member of the Appropriations Committee, a panel with power over the federal purse strings.
He will become senior vice president for external relations of the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games.
In the position, Thomas will be responsible for working with federal and state governments on behalf of the Olympics.
Thomas, a banker and farmer, was first elected to Congress in 1982.