Though he won’t be in office for long, Hall’s win means he will forever be intertwined with the legacy of Lewis, a civil rights icon and 17-term congressman who died in July. Hall will also have a chance to participate in several upcoming legislative battles, as Congress is set to consider a broad spending bill next week in order to avert a government shutdown, among other business.
Lewis, who served the Atlanta-based district for more than three decades and was viewed “as the conscience of Congress,” was Hall’s friend, neighbor and mentor.
He received the most votes in September’s special election out of the seven candidates vying for the remainder of Lewis’ term.
But because no candidate broke 50% of the vote, Hall and Democrat Robert Franklin advanced to a runoff election weeks later.
Hall will serve until Williams is sworn in for the full two-year term on January 3 along with the rest of the new Congress.
If either of the incumbent Republican senators, Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue, hold onto their seats, the GOP will retain its majority control in the Senate.