Lieutenant Government Geoff Duncan on Tuesday changed the tasks of the State Senate Committee for sens. Matt Brass, Brandon Beach and Burt Jones, who all joined President Donald Trump’s efforts to undermine the results in Georgia.
Beach was stripped of his chairmanship of the Transportation Committee, and Jones was removed as chairman of the Insurance and Labor Committee. Brass was reassigned to the Banking and Financial Institutions Committee instead of remaining chair of the politically influential redistribution and redistribution committee, according to Macy McFall, deputy chief of staff and communications director for Duncan’s office.
“It did not bother me, except that it was an attempt to try and just flame us, and it really bothers me,” Jones said on Thursday. “It was really unnecessary and quite small.”
He noted that this is the first time since his first year in office in 2013 that he has not held the presidency. Jones also said he and the other two senators did not want to overturn the election results, but wanted a deeper examination of potential issues in the state voting process.
“We were not trying to overthrow an election,” he told CNN. “You have to have proof to overturn an election, but to have proof you have to investigate things.”
Brass and Beach did not immediately respond to CNN’s requests for comment.
Republicans have a majority in Georgia’s Senate with more than 30 seats out of the 56 in total in the hall.
“We are the trustees of the people, and we must secure their vote against all those, both foreign and domestic, who would deceive them about their collective decision in the ballot paper,” reads the statement from December.
McFall said the new state Senate committee duties will take effect immediately.
“These committee chairmen are uniquely qualified to develop real and lasting solutions aimed at building a better Georgia,” Duncan said in a Tuesday statement. “The Senate will continue to prioritize diligent committee work and sound public policy, and I look forward to working closely with each of our chairmen and their committee members as we work to adopt policies that promote both Georgians’ lives and livelihoods.”