When people ask me to describe my job as a state representative, I tell them that it is basically a fulltime job from the second Monday in January until the end of session, which is typically around April 1st (about three months). The rest of the year it is a part-time job. I typically spend about eight hours a week fulfilling my duties as your state representative during off-session time. What do these duties entail?
I spend most of my off-session time responding to the concerns and requests of constituents. Sometimes, these are quite simple — such as answering a question, pointing them to the proper government agency or providing a resource of some kind.
Other times, it’s more complicated. As the title indicates, I’m often called upon to “represent” a constituent’s concerns. This could involve an email, a phone call or scheduling a meeting.
Here are a few recent examples:
I scheduled a meeting with the Georgia Department of Transportation Commissioner and staff to express my concerns about the Highway 20 widening project, the salt barn on Ball Ground Highway, and the use of downtown Ball Ground by tractor trailers to get from 575 to Highway 20.
I attended a meeting of the Fulton County delegation to express our concerns to the Board of Commissioners about the recent massive hike in property assessments, which would cause a lot of senior adults to have to move out of their homes of many years.
I reached out to my Forsyth County delegation members to express concern about the expansion of the landfill located right on the Cherokee County border.
I hosted a Listening Lunch with Congressman Loudermilk and many leaders in Cherokee County including mayors, law enforcement and education leaders.
As a member of the Education, Energy, Juvenile Justice and Small Business Development Committees, I am often asked to attend meetings during our off session time.
I am often asked during the off-session if I would consider drafting and carrying legislation to address a concern that an individual or organization has. This is a time-consuming process, which requires a tremendous amount of patience and thoroughness.