John Meadows

Atlanta, GA (CBS46) Georgia state representative John Meadows, who chairs the powerful House Rules Committee, passed away Tuesday morning at age 78.

Meadows had been battling cancer.

Governor Nathan Deal announced the passing of Meadows on his Twitter feed Tuesday morning. 

"I'm saddened to hear of the passing of @GaHouseHub Rules Committee Chairman John Meadows following his battle against cancer. He was a dear friend to many of us and he will be missed. With heavy hearts, @GAFirstLady and I offer our deepest condolences to Marie and their family."

Meadows was elected to the Georgia House of Representatives in 2004 and represented Murray and Gordon counties.

In addition to chairing the rules committee, Meadows also served on the Governmental Affairs, Industry and Labor, Insurance, Retirement, and Game, Fish, & Parks Committees.

“My dear friend John was a great man – brave Marine, loving father and adoring grandfather,” said House Speaker David Ralston. “He loved his family with total devotion. His public service, both as a Marine and a State Representative, was grounded in trying to ensure his children and grandchildren saw a better tomorrow."

He served as mayor of Calhoun for 13 years prior to his appointment to the house. He was also a veteran of the Marine Corps.

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