Friends, After 40 legislative days, the Georgia General Assembly is adjourned Sine Die.  It is truly an honor to be your voice at the State Capitol.  Thank you to everyone in our community who attended a Town Hall, completed surveys, e-mailed, called, texted, or even visited me at the Capitol – your feedback is always so valuable.  Please continue to reach out – the best ideas for our state come from you! As a first-year legislator, it was a busy 40 days balancing family, work, and volunteer commitments while learning the legislative process.  I am proud of the work we accomplished together and determined to advance sound public policy during the 2018 Legislative Session.   Below are highlights from this year’s session: HB44 – FY2018 Budget The General Assembly once again passed a balanced budget for the 2018 Fiscal Year. In addition to prioritizing education, healthcare, and transportation, the FY 2018 Budget also includes pay raises for educators, law enforcement...READ MORE
Friends, “Crossover Day” is now behind us and we are in the final stretch of the 2017 Legislative Session.  The 28th Day of our 40 Day session is Crossover Day.  All legislation must pass in either the House or Senate Chambers to be eligible for consideration in this year’s legislative session.  There were several notable pieces of legislation that were not passed by crossover including the two Casino bills. With a schedule to adjourn on March 30, Georgia lawmakers are working around the clock to pass legislation that strengthens our economy, enhances educational opportunities for students, and ensures a better, brighter future for our state. Tax Cut For Hardworking Georgians I am pleased to report that HB329, which lowers taxes for hardworking Georgians was passed in the General Assembly this past Wednesday.  By replacing the graduated state income tax structure with a 5.4% flat tax, Georgians will save millions of dollars every year.  To learn more about HB329, click HERE. My...READ MORE
Friends, We are over halfway through the 2017 Legislative Session and Georgia lawmakers are working diligently to pass legislation out of their respective chambers before Crossover Day. Community Coffee We enjoyed an excellent community coffee this past Saturday at the YMCA. Thanks to everyone who joined us.  It is always so valuable to hear diverse perspectives from across our community and share updates from the Legislative Session – I always enjoy hearing from you! Remaining Dates: March 11th, 9:00AM – 45, South Café – 45 S Peachtree St, Norcross, GA March 25th, 9:00AM – Duluth Rexall Pharmacy – 3165 Buford Hwy, Duluth, GA Restoring Dignity – HB343 It was an honor last week to pass my first bill through the House – HB 343.  The legislation replaces the term “mental retardation” with “intellectual disabilities” in the Georgia criminal code.  The bill does not change case law or policy but simply replaces an outdated and derogatory word.  So grateful to my House colleagues...READ MORE
Friends, The General Assembly is in full gear as we work through legislation in committees. I was happy to hear from many of you on important issues.  Your feedback and advice is so helpful as we advance legislation to move Georgia forward. Community Coffee Thank you to the 20+ neighbors who came out to Atlanta Bread on Saturday morning for our community coffee! It was so valuable to hear your feedback on legislation and engage in a productive dialogue. Join us again next Saturday – we’ll have a bigger location and more doughnuts! You are welcome to join us on any of the following dates: February 25th, 9:00AM – Fowler YMCA Community Room – 5600 W Jones Bridge Rd, Peachtree Corners, GA March 11th, 9:00AM – 45, South Café – 45 S Peachtree St, Norcross, GA March 25th, 9:00AM – Duluth Rexall Pharmacy – 3165 Buford Hwy, Duluth, GA This Week’s Notable Legislation: HB 146 passed the House overwhelming with bipartisan support and would benfit Georgia’s brave firefighters. The legislation would require fire...READ MORE

Week 3: Legislative Update

February 10, 2017

Friends, The 2017 Legislative Session is humming along as Georgia lawmakers begin the arduous task of vetting thousands of bills through the committee process. Advocacy Day at the Capitol Earlier in the week, I was encouraged to see one of my favorite parent advocates, Heidi J. Moore, during Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities‘Advocacy Day at the Capitol! I am proud to support their efforts for more DD waivers and funding for inclusive post secondary education for individuals with disabilities in Georgia. Beer Freedom Legislation  The question of allowing craft brewers to sell their beer to customers to go has been an ongoing debate in the General Assembly. SB 85 is compromise legislation introduced in the State Senate that will allow breweries to sell a case of beer to customers that they can take to go. I look forward to this legislation working it’s way through the process and voting “yes” to pass it in the House. University of North Georgia Scholarship Georgia offers 42 scholarships...READ MORE

Legislative Update- Week 2

February 1, 2017

Friends, After a week of budget hearings, the Georgia General Assembly reconvened last Monday to handle the business of the state. Celebrating Georgia Tourism, Hospitality, and Arts We kicked-off the week with Georgia Tourism, Hospitality, and Arts Day at the Capitol.  Georgia’s budding tourism industry generated $59 billion in 2015 and sustains more than 439,000 jobs statewide. Recently, National Geographic Travel included the Peach State as one of their “Best Trips” for 2017.  To learn more, click HERE. Honoring Georgia Physicians On Wednesday, state lawmakers honored our hardworking and highly trained physicians and listened to their ideas on how to make healthcare more affordable and accessible.  Given the doctor shortage that exists in our state, we must work to find ways to train more physicians and keep them in communities with pressing healthcare needs.  I am confident that lawmakers and providers can work together this legislative session to find real solutions that ensure a healthy, prosperous future for our citizens. 2017 Amended Budget...READ MORE

We did it! Thank You!

July 8, 2016

Family, Friends, and Neighbors: We did it!  Together we knocked on over 1,500 doors, made over 1,000 personal phone calls, sent letters, emails, displayed yard signs, and hosted small group meetings. On Tuesday, May 24th voters responded to all of your hard work and we received over 70% of the vote, winning all 15 precincts! It is truly humbling to receive the broad support of our community and an honor to have the opportunity to serve as your next State Representative. Thank you to everyone who helped make this dream a reality.  Many of you committed your time, financial resources, or simply your prayers – for all of your support – I am eternally grateful. Now the real work begins, as part of serving you – open and active communication is so important.  Please share this email and encourage friends and neighbors to sign-up for our email distribution, ‘like’ our Facebook page, or save my personal contact info: 404.951.8902 or Finally, I hope...READ MORE