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The unlikely new leader of Georgia's House Democrats

To say that state Rep. Bob Trammell cuts a low profile in the General Assembly is an understatement.

He has never carried major legislation, is rarely heard on the airwaves or seen in print and had only taken to the House’s well-worn podium a handful of times, largely to rail against campus gun legislation.

But now the Luthersville attorney is the leading Democrat in the House after a surprising victory over better-known rivals to succeed Stacey Abrams. It’s one of the most prominent posts at the statehouse and was a steppingstone for his two predecessors — Abrams and DuBose Porter — to run for governor.

It’s also one of the most challenging. Trammell must corral his fractious caucus’ 62 members, raise loads of cash to defend imperiled incumbents and flip vulnerable GOP seats. Most importantly, he’ll lead the group’s decisions about when to compromise with ruling Republicans — and when to fight them.

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Greg Bluestein is a political reporter who covers the governor's office and state politics for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.