Paulding County’s newest member of the Georgia Assembly, Rep. Daniel Stout was sworn into office this past evening, Thursday, March 4, 2010 at 7 p.m. at the government courthouse complex in Dallas. The swearing in was officiated by Paulding County Superior Court Judge, James Osborne.
Among the 60 supporters in attendance were elected officials, Paulding County Commissioner Chairman David Austin and Georgia Congressman Howard Maxwell (R-17).
The ceremony began with prayer by Father Andrew Moore of Saint Stephen Antiochian Orthodox Church in Hiram and followed by the Pledge of Allegiance. Micah Gravley, MC and First Vice-Chairman of the Paulding County Republican Party presented some words about the ceremony and introduced people who spoke about Mr. Stout.
Lisa Phillips, Paulding County Right to Life Chapter President stated, “I believe he has been called to serve in this role and has been enabled by God with the talents and ability to fill this position. I have full confidence that Daniel will not forget the people of Paulding and will represent us well in all areas of government because he has a heart for God and is full of passion, love, wisdom and knowledge.”
“In 2007, Daniel attended one of our Right to Life meetings and instantly became active and has served as our Vice President since 2008,” Lisa continued.
Daniel’s nine-year old daughter, Elizabeth (“Libby”) came up to speak and although a bit nervous, she was able to speak about her dad,“I love my dad. He is the greatest dad…the greatest.”
Kelly Stout. Photo by Christopher Collins
Carol, a member of the Cobb Street Ministries spoke next that it was delight to know Daniel and praised the work he has done for the Cobb Street Ministries.
In a brief interview with Bob Tango, who has known Daniel for nearly 3 years, he spoke unequivocally about Daniel.
“Our friendship began when he invited me to a small bible study and prayer group consisting of about 25 men. These men have gathered together every week for over four years and Daniel has been humble and very open to all these men about his past. He and others in the others in the group, rely on each other for accountability and support.”
Mr. Tango concluded, “If it wasn’t for Daniel inviting me, I don’t know where my life would be today.”
Before Daniel was sworn in, he had a lot to say and he wasn’t hesitant to speak about his past and what he will do for the citizens of Paulding County’s 19th District.
Daniel Stout. Photo by Christopher Collins
“Ten years ago, I was living for one thing…to make Daniel Stout happy. I’ve done some pretty horrible things. Infidelity and divorce from my first wife. Looking back, I’m grateful to God that in his grace, he broke me, and crushed me.”
“The voters of the 19th district were not asking for drama, headlines or a preacher to preach to them when they voted in this last election. People of the district were looking for someone who will serve them at the capitol; not a ruler, but a servant. I plan to be that servant,” Daniel stated.
Daniel concluded his speech and was sworn in as the newest member of the Georgia Assembly representing District 19 to a standing ovation.
The ceremony adjourned at 8 p.m.
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