A special election will be held next month to replace state Sen. Greg Kirk, R-Americus, Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger announced Wednesday.
Kirk, who served as the Deputy Whip for the Senate Majority Caucus, died on Dec. 20 after a battle with bile duct cancer.
The special election will be Feb. 4 for Kirk’s former district, which includes parts of Crisp, Dodge, Dooly, Lee, Sumter, Tift, Worth, Turner and Wilcox counties.
The qualifying period for the special election is Jan. 2 and 3 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Jan. 6 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The deadline for voters to register for the election is Jan. 9.
Kirk was elected to the Georgia Senate in 2014 and was an advocate for small businesses and disabled residents. He also was the chairman of the Senate State and Local Governmental Operations Committee.
“Greg Kirk was a man of faith who served his family, community, and state with passion and integrity,” Gov. Brian Kemp said.
The Georgia Legislative Black Caucus also issued a statement about Kirk’s death Sunday.
“His work for disabled and disadvantaged citizens will long be remembered as a testimony of his deep love and commitment to people in the state of Georgia,” said Rep. Karen Bennett, D-Stone Mountain. “May his family be comforted during this time by knowing that others care.”