ATLANTA -- The Georgia Senate is losing its second veteran lawmaker in as many days.
Sen. John Bulloch, a Republican from Ochlocknee in south Georgia, submitted his resignation to Gov. Nathan Deal on Thursday, state officials confirmed.
Bulloch served as chairman of the Senate committee that handles agricultural policy. He is perhaps best known for sponsoring legislation that allowed Georgians to vote locally on whether to allow Sunday alcohol sales.
Bulloch's reason for stepping down was not immediately clear. Several news outlets have reported that he has had health problems recently.
A special election is scheduled Jan. 8, the same day as a special election for the metro Atlanta seat vacated this week by Republican Chip Rogers.
Bulloch was elected in 2002 after four years in the House.