Cobb County State Rep. Found Dead

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Rep. Bobby Franklin (R - Marietta) looks through documentations during Crossover Day at the Capitol in Atlanta on Wednesday, March 16, 2011.

ATLANTA,None - Cobb County police confirmed that state Rep. Bobby Franklin, a Cobb County Republican, was found dead inside his home on Tuesday.

Franklin, 56, was a conservative known for his conservative viewpoints and frequent "no" votes.

A police spokesman said Franklin's death is being treated as a "natural death" and foul play is not suspected.

Franklin was first elected to the state House in 1996. He regularly introduced legislation -- which never successfully passed -- to define abortion as murder in Georgia and often stood as the only N in a sea of Y's for even minor legislation. He also played a role in creating the current state flag.

Governor Nathan Deal said he was shocked to hear the news about Franklin.

"He staunchly defended our Second Amendment rights, and he passionately promoted the sanctity of life. The unexpected loss of a colleague at such a young age compounds the tragedy. Sandra and I extend our sincerest condolences to the Franklin family,” Deal said.

House Speaker David Ralston said his thoughts and prayers go to the family of Franklin.

"Bobby was a man of principle and a dedicated public servant who held steadfast to his views. The Georgia House of Representatives will miss the gentleman from the 43rd district,” Ralston said in a statement.

Franklin graduated from Covenant College on Lookout Mountain,Ga., with a degree in Biblical studies and business administration. He is originally from Birmingham, Ala. and worked as a business consultant before his death.

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