Deal names Hatchett as floor leader

May 27, 2011

Gov. Nathan Deal today named state Rep. Matt Hatchett (R-Dublin) to his House floor leader team, replacing Rep. Hank Huckaby (R-Watkinsville) who resigned to become chancellor of the University System of Georgia.

“Matt is a freshman member of the House still learning the ropes, but he’s impressed my office with his winning personality and good attitude,” Deal said. “He’s easy to work with, even as he advocates strongly for his constituents in Middle Georgia. That’s the kind of leader we want on our team. Our other floor leaders, Amy Carter and Doug Collins, are great examples of that. Matt will be a great addition.”

Hatchett was elected in 2010, after serving 10 years on the Dublin City Council. A small businessman, Hatchett owns a Bruster’s Real Ice Cream and Nathan’s Famous Hot Dogs franchise in Dublin. Previously, he owned a dry cleaners. Hatchett and his wife Kim also own a women’s clothing store, which Kim runs. Together, they have two daughters, Emily and Camille.

"I'm honored by the appointment as one of the Governor's floor leaders,” Hatchett said. “I'm excited about working closer with Gov. Deal and his administration in moving our state forward."

As floor leader, Hatchett will join a team of three House members who carry the governor’s legislation in the House and who serve as the Governor’s Office liaisons to their fellow members.