What is a GA House Representative?

Georgians have elected representative every two years since 1751.  The next election is Tuesday, May 19, 2020.

There are 180 elected House Representatives led by one Speaker of the House, a majority leader, a minority leader, and a floor leader who represents the Governor's interests.

One of the most important laws your House Representative will decide after the May 19, 2020 election is redistricting aka as "gerrymandering"(see 2nd video).  Gerrymandering is the unconstitutional practice of redistricting to truly take one's power of a vote away from them.  Who you elect on May 19, 2020, makes the next election a historic event. 

 

Redistricting occurs after every decennial (10-year) census and determines your community's voting boundaries and power.  If you want a shift of values leading government, your most important decision occurs at the State level on May 19th!  Vote for Mesha Mainor to ensure your voice is heard loudly at the Georgia Capitol.

 

The 72-Year Rule becomes important for #Census2020 because a question was added about a person's citizenship.  In theory, this could deter people from completing the census which inevitably will shift needed funding and resources from underserved populations because the census data will be reported significantly lower than actual estimates.

 

By law, 92 Stat. 915; Public Law 95-416aka the 72-Year Rule, restricts access to decennial census records to anyone except the individual named on the record or their legal heir.  For example, the 1940 census records were released from The National Archives on April 2, 2012. 

Intended for the entire State of Georgia, see if your representative contributed to your community below! The last District 56 State Representative served on the following committees during the 2019-2020 legislative session. Unfortunately, there is no record of District 56 authorship or direct sponsorship of any law that passed through any respective affiliated membership to a committee in the last session.

  • Economic Development and Tourism: This committee is responsible for economic development, business, trade, and tourism.  This is a particularly important committee for District 56 because it is home to blight and an underserved population that is in the midst of gentrification.  The list of bills passed during the 2019-2020 legislative session can be found here
  • Legislative and Congressional Reapportionment: Six members of this committee sponsored HR369, The Democracy Act. This provides for an independent nonpartisan commission (Citizens' Redistricting Commission) composed of 14 members (5 republicans + 5 democrats + 4 bipartisan registered voters) to be responsible for a non-gerrymandering solution to redistricting which will comply with the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
  • Natural Resources and Environment: This committee is responsible for Georgia's environment and the management of natural resources.  This is a particularly important committee for District 56 because of our #GAWaterCrisis.  The list of bills passed during the 2019-2020 legislative session can be found here
  • Science and Technology: This committee is responsible for promoting science and technology advances in the state.  This is a particularly important committee for District 56 because it is home to GA Tech, Spelman, Morehouse, Clark Atlanta University, SCAD, some of the poorest performing public schools in the State, and the new hub of Midtown technology ventures.  The list of bills passed during the 2019-2020 legislative session can be found

The importance of which committee your representative is assigned to is paramount because committees decide if laws are amended, changed, cut, or advanced to the House floor for a vote.