Unity at the Crossroads
Dear Friends,

America stands at a pivotal crossroads. Many of us have felt the political tensions rising for months. We began 2020 with a baseless, divisive and ultimately unsuccessful impeachment. Before things had even begun to settle, America was hit by the Coronavirus pandemic and the ensuing vast overreach by state and local governments implementing burdensome lockdowns and nonsensical mandates. Then came the Georgie Floyd riots and the extremist “Defund the Police” movement. We ended the year with a hotly contested presidential election that tens of millions of Americans – including myself – believe was riddled with fraud and irregularities.

January 6, 2021 was intended to be a day to highlight and discuss the many unanswered concerns surrounding the election by raising objections to the Electoral College certification in a Joint Session of Congress. Instead, our nation’s Capitol Building was the scene of an out-of-control and violent riot that led to the deaths of at least five individuals, including U.S. Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick. That death toll does not include the officer who took his own life, Howard Liebengood Jr., or the dozens of officers who sustained serious injuries. My wife, Dee Dee, and I continue to pray for these brave officers and their families.

For those of us who have worked in and around the Capitol, January 6 was a horrifying and deeply disturbing day. My staff and I were there. We were evacuated twice and locked down for several hours before law enforcement regained control of the Capitol complex. The situation got out of hand very quickly and it was every bit as chaotic as it seemed on television. However, things would have been much worse without the heroic actions of the U.S. Capitol Police. I have the pleasure of knowing many of these officers, and I can tell you that they are upstanding and dedicated public servants. These brave men and women stood on the frontlines for hours, being assaulted by violent rioters using lead pipes and other objects, to defend Members of Congress and our staffs. May God bless them and their families, and all Americans should honor their heroic sacrifices.


This never should have happened, and we must ensure it never happens again. We need to fully investigate who these individuals were, how they were organized, how they entered the Capitol in such large numbers, who is responsible for the explosive devices discovered, how the security perimeter collapsed so quickly, and so on. Ultimately, whoever these people are and whatever cause they claim to support, I reject and condemn both them and their actions, and I look forward to seeing them prosecuted fully.

As a Christian conservative, I have always supported law enforcement and the rule of law. For months, I have been shocked and angered by the radical Left’s rampage through our nation’s cities – looting, rioting, burning businesses, targeting police, and attacking innocent civilians, often with the support of liberal media figures and elected Democrats. I have consistently spoken out against this wildly irresponsible and dangerous behavior. I feel no differently about the events of January 6 than I do about the unrest during the summer. Any sort of political violence is reprehensible and un-American. Political violence too often spawns yet more political violence, and we must never respond to it in kind. It must end now.

As shameful and tragic as January 6 was, it does not change the fact that tens of millions of Americans believe the November 3 general election was fraudulent. When the People lose faith in our electoral system and cease believing that they can enact change at the ballot box, we risk losing our entire Republic. The only way to fix this crisis of confidence is by exposing and correcting the flaws in our election system. That is what January 6’s Electoral College certification was supposed to be about!

In the days leading up to January 6, I worked with fellow conservatives like Jim Jordan, Ted Cruz, and many others in creating a strong coalition of Members of Congress eager to set things straight. I was to lead the objection to Georgia’s slate of electors with Senator Kelly Loeffler, thereby giving us two hours to highlight the many unanswered concerns in Georgia. I never anticipated my objection being agreed to by a majority of the Congress or that the outcome of the election would be reversed. This was an effort to restore confidence by shining sunlight on the allegations that must be addressed. Contrary to what many liberal partisans now claim, Democrats have made similar objections numerous times in recent years and there is nothing unlawful or seditious about our objections. Period.

Unfortunately, when I was able to make the objection after order had been restored, we lacked a Senate partner needed for full consideration as Senator Loeffler and others had backed out after the riot. The storming of the Capitol, supposedly done in support of President Trump, completely undermined our lawful attempt to highlight the evidence of fraud being ignored by the mainstream media and the courts.

Next week, Joe Biden will be sworn in as the 46th President of the United States of America. President-elect Biden has publicly committed himself to restoring unity across the partisan divide and healing the country. I am disappointed but not surprised that Congressional Democrats have thrown that promise out the window by rushing to impeach President Trump in his final days in office. I opposed their misguided impeachment effort because I believe that we, as federal elected representatives, should concentrate on restoring calm and deescalating – not scoring cheap political points.

Going forward, there will undoubtedly be many fierce debates to come. I am deeply concerned by the toxic and extremist legislative agenda being pushed by Democrats in Washington. At the start of this note, I said America stands at a pivotal crossroads.

As Americans, we must decide whether we will preserve our way of life, keep the values and principles we hold dear, and defend the liberty we inherited from our forefathers… Or will we embrace the radical platform of Socialism and Marxism that has seeped into our politics. No matter how ferocious the debates become, we must remain peaceful and abide by the rule of law –and we must use every legal means to stop the rising tide of Socialism and Marxism. That is how we win. That is how we preserve our Republic.


Hice Announces 2021 Military Service Academy Nominations

Every year, I have the immense honor of nominating several bright young men and women to the United States Service Academies. These prestigious institutions prepare young Americans to become commissioned officers in the United States Armed Forces. I would like to congratulate the following twenty-four outstanding young Georgians who will go on to compete for an appointment to one of America’s Service Academies. Distinguished members of my Academy Review Board met with each of these nominees and have taken note of their commitment to excellence in character, scholarship, leadership, and physical fitness. I proudly applaud their desire to serve as the next generation of military leaders.

Congratulations to the following candidates whom I nominated to one or more academy:

1.   Maria Bautista, of Jackson (Jackson High School), to USNA

2.   Anthony Bognar, of Athens (University of Georgia), to USMA, USNA

3.   Joseph Brown, of Monroe (George Walton Academy), to USNA

4.   Abigail Bugg, of Monroe (Apalachee High School), to USMA

5.   Jack Calhoun, of Monroe (Georgia Military College), to USAFA

6.   Allison Corcoran, of Locust Grove (Locust Grove High School), to USAFA

7.   Connor Cullars, of Milledgeville (John Milledge Academy), to USAFA

8.   Hunter Dunnington, of Dacula (Mill Creek High School), to USMA

9.   Boyd Hancock, of Athens (North Oconee High School), to USNA, USMA, USAFA

10.  Autumn Herndon, of Loganville (Loganville High School), to USMA

11.   Samuel Johnson, of Bishop (North Oconee High School), to USNA

12.   Kathryn Kadima, of McDonough (Naval Academy Prep School), to USNA

13.  Connor LaChappelle, of Covington (Georgia State College), to USMA, USAFA

14.   Heath McDonald, of Bogart (Georgia Military College), to USAFA

15.   Carson McKee, of Dacula (Hebron Christian Academy), to USMA

16.   Bre'Asia Mills, of Jackson (Ola High School), to USAFA

17.   Angelica Montes, of McDonough (Ola High School), to USNA

18.   Danielle Norris, of Athens (Athens Academy), to USAFA

19.   Colby Sanford, of Milledgeville (GMC Prep School), to USAFA

20.   Ansley Thompson, of McDonough (Ola High School), to USNA

21.   Ethan Tolentino, of Milledgeville (GMC Prep School), to USNA

22.   Zachary VanHessen, of Athens (Cedar Shoals High School), to USMA

23.   Justin Wallace, of Milledgeville (GMC Prep School), to USMA

24.   Trevon Williams, of (Loganville High School), to USAFA

While securing a nomination is a required step in the application process, the academies decide who will receive appointments of admission. Selection to U.S. Service Academies is among the most competitive and rigorous in the country. Those selected will enter the academies in June 2021.


We're Ready to Serve You in Greensboro!  

I am thrilled to announce the opening of our newest constituent services office in Greensboro. My staff is moved in and ready to continue helping serve the people of Georgia’s 10th Congressional District. You may reach us by calling 762-445-1776 or stopping by the Harbor Club business park at 1020 Park Drive, Suite B in Greensboro, GA 30642. Please note that with the opening of this office, the constituent services office in Milledgeville is now closed.



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