Local Lawmakers All Earn ‘A’ Ratings from Georgia Chamber


The Georgia Chamber of Commerce has recognized all four members of the Valdosta area legislative delegation with “A” grades for their strong support of the state’s business community during the 2011 legislative session.

Sen. Tim Golden (R-Valdosta), Rep. Ellis Black (R-Valdosta), Rep. Amy Carter (R-Valdosta) and Rep. Jason Shaw (R-Lakeland) all received “A” ratings in midterm grades for their votes on legislation deemed important to economic growth and job creation. This is the first time the chamber has included letter grades in this report.

During the 2011 legislative session, chamber members identified legislation to include in the report. Legislators were assigned midterm grades of A, B, C or U based on 11 chamber bills on the scorecard in the House and 10 bills in the Senate. Only 65 legislators out of 236 received grades of “A” or higher, including 17 senators and 48 representatives.

Major issues covered in those bills include health care, education, business and industry, the judiciary, ethics compliance, economic development and the environment. A final grade will be given to each elected official following the 2012 session of the Georgia General Assembly.

To view and download the complete Georgia Chamber 2011 scorecard, visit www.gachamber.com.

Golden, serving his seventh term in the Senate following four terms in the House of Representatives, is chairman of the Senate Retirement Committee, secretary of the Appropriations Committee, vice chair of the Government Oversight Committee, secretary of the Insurance Committee and chair of its Subcommittee on Life, Health & Workers Compensation and a member of the Finance Committee. He represents Senate District 8, which includes Brooks and Lowndes counties and parts of Cook and Thomas counties.

Black, serving his sixth term in the House, is a member of the House Agriculture and Consumer Affairs Committee, the Appropriations Committee and its Economic Development Subcommittee, the Defense & Veterans Affairs Committee, the Reapportionment Committee and the Ways & Means Committee. He represents House District 174, which includes Brooks and Echols counties and parts of Lowndes and Thomas counties.

Carter, serving her third term in the House, is a floor leader for Gov. Nathan Deal and also serves as secretary of the House Higher Education Committee and a member of the Appropriations Committee and its Education Subcommittee, the Education Committee and the Small Business Development and Job Creation Committee. She represents House District 175, which includes part of Lowndes County, primarily the city of Valdosta.

Shaw, serving his first term in the House, is a member of the House Budget & Fiscal Oversight Committee, the Game, Fish & Parks Committee and the Insurance Committee. He represents House District 176, which includes Clinch and Lanier counties and parts of Berrien and Lowndes counties.

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