U.S. Senator Saxby Chamblis-Biography
On December 2, 2008, Saxby Chambliss was elected to serve a second term in the United States Senate. Georgia Trend magazine, which has consistently named him one of its Most Influential Georgians, calls him “a highly visible and well-respected presence in Washington,” and says he “has a reputation as an affable but straight-talking lawmaker.” In January 2009, Georgia Trend named Chambliss its Georgian of the Year.
Chambliss is a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee; the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry; the Senate Rules Committee; the Senate Special Committee on Aging; and presently serves as the vice chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.
Chambliss’ leadership and experience on homeland security and intelligence matters during his tenure in the House of Representatives earned him an appointment to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, where he steadfastly advocates for dramatically improved information sharing and human-intelligence-gathering capabilities. Chambliss’ previous role as chairman of the House Intelligence Subcommittee on Terrorism and Homeland Security made him one of the leading congressional experts on those issues.
During the 109th Congress, Chambliss served as chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee, and is the only senator since 1947 to have chaired a full standing Senate committee after serving in the chamber for just two years. He served as ranking member of the Agriculture Committee during the 110th and 111th Congresses.
Long before his election to Congress, Chambliss specialized in representing farmers’ legal interests in South Georgia. During his four terms in the House, Chambliss was instrumental in drafting two farm bills and reforming the federal crop insurance program.
As a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Chambliss continues Georgia’s longstanding tradition of leadership and advocacy for the state’s military installations. Following in the footsteps of former Sens. Richard B. Russell, Jr., and Sam Nunn, Chambliss has been a strong voice for Georgia’s defense industry and the military community. Throughout the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure round, Chambliss remained steadfast in defense of Georgia’s bases targeted for closure. He has also been a tireless advocate for improving the quality of life for troops and their families.
In 2008, he was the recipient of the National Guard Association’s Harry S. Truman Award, the organization’s highest honor bestowed on civilian and military leaders who demonstrate continued contributions to national defense and security.
Chambliss was first elected to Congress to represent Georgia’s 8th District in 1994. Throughout his legislative career, he has been recognized numerous times by the public and private sectors for his work on agriculture, defense, budget and national security issues. In January 2008, he was presented with the National Legislative Advocacy Award by the Naval Reserve Association for leading the effort to reduce the age at which members of the National Guard and Reserve can receive retirement pay. He is a past recipient of the Air Force Association’s W. Stuart Symington Award, the group’s top civilian honor for outstanding contributions in the field of national security, and was awarded the Reserve Officers Association’s Minuteman of the Year Award in 2005.
Chambliss is the co-chairman of the Senate Aerospace Caucus and the Senate Reserve Caucus, and is a member of the Senate Rural Health Caucus; the Juvenile Diabetes Caucus; the Caucus on Military Depots, Arsenals and Ammunition Plants; the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation and the Congressional Fire Services Caucus.
Chambliss earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Georgia in 1966, and his law degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 1968. Chambliss and his wife, Julianne, have been married since 1966, and reside in Moultrie, Ga. They have two children and six grandchildren.
For more information about Saxby Chamblis, please visit: http://www.chambliss.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/home
U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson-Biography
Johnny Isakson is a businessman, a public servant and family man whose conservative, thoughtful and independent approach have made him a leader in Georgia for over 30 years.
Johnny began his business career in 1967 when he opened the first Cobb County office of a small, family-owned real estate business, Northside Realty. Johnny later served as president of Northside for 20 years, presiding over the company’s growth into the largest independent residential real estate brokerage company in the Southeast and one of the largest in America.
Johnny entered politics in 1974 and served 17 years in the Georgia Legislature and two years as Chairman of the Georgia Board of Education. In 1999, Johnny was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives for the first of three terms before being elected to the U.S. Senate in 2004. He was re-elected to the Senate in 2010.
In Washington, Johnny has proven to be a leader who gets results. When the mortgage and financial crisis hit in 2008, Johnny drew on his decades of experience in real estate in offering solutions to reduce the inventory of foreclosed homes and to restore the nation’s housing market.
The Senate overwhelmingly passed his legislation to create the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission, styled after the 9-11 Commission, to investigate the near collapse of the banking system and loss of tens of trillions of dollars in order to gather the facts before rushing to create new regulations.
Johnny continues to lead in Congress through his successful bipartisan efforts to address federal spending, reduce the debt and change the way Washington does business. He introduced the Biennial Budgeting and Appropriations Act to end reckless spending and reform the federal budget process by converting it from an annual spending process to a two-year cycle, with one year for appropriating federal dollars and the other year devoted to much-needed oversight of federal programs. He also co-sponsored the Balanced Budget Amendment and the Commitment to American Prosperity Act, or CAP Act, designed to significantly reduce federal spending by tying spending levels to the gross domestic product. He follows his own advice and has returned over $3 million of his own Senate office budget to the Treasury over the years as a former member of the House and current member of the Senate.
In January 2013, Johnny was named to the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance, which has jurisdiction over taxes, trade, Medicare and Social Security and which plays a critical role in the debate over cutting spending and reducing our nation’s debt.
Johnny has worked to strengthen our Armed Forces, and continues to show unwavering commitment to the men and women who serve our country.
On energy, Johnny is committed to lessening America’s dependence on foreign oil as well as pushing for alternative energy sources and conservation. He has worked to enhance and maintain Georgia’s roads, while also working for mass transit alternatives to reduce congestion and improve air quality.
Johnny was an original author of the No Child Left Behind Act, the most significant improvement to our education system in a generation.
He continues to push for immigration reform that is built on a foundation of securing our borders first.
Johnny is a 1966 graduate of the University of Georgia and he served in the Georgia Air National Guard from 1966 to 1972. Johnny and his wife, Dianne, have been married since 1968 and have three grown children and nine grandchildren. They live in Marietta, Georgia, and attend Mount Zion United Methodist Church, where Johnny taught sixth-grade Sunday school for 30 years.
For more information about Johnny Isakson please visit: http://www.isakson.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/
U.S. Representative David Scott (Representing North Hampton)- Biography
David Scott is the U.S. Representative for the 13th District of Georgia. He is serving in his sixth term representing portions of 6 counties: Cobb, Clayton, Douglas, Fayette, Fulton, and Henry. Congressman Scott sits on a number of influential committees including:
• The Financial Services Committee – International Monetary Policy and Financial Institutions
• The Agriculture Committee – Livestock, Dairy and Poultry Subcommittee.
• NATO Parliamentary Assembly – General Rapporteur of the Science and Technology Committee.
Congressman Scott is providing leadership in strengthening our economy, improving healthcare, enhancing education and fostering energy independence. He is taking a leadership role on the following issues in Congress:
• Led the fight to pass Children’s Health Insurance Protection Act extension (Peachcare)
• Continues the fight to bring commuter rail to the Atlanta suburbs
• Fought to direct more stimulus funding to foreclosure relief
• Authored the law providing student loan repayment assistance for public attorneys
• Authored the law recognizing Father’s Day by flying the flag
• Helped establish the Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area
• Authored the law to allow Georgians to request two free credit reports annually
For more information about David Scott, please visit: http://davidscott.house.gov/
Congressman Lynn Westmoreland Biography-
Lynn Westmoreland was born and raised in Georgia, living more than 25 years in Fayette County before moving to his current residence in Coweta County. A true American entrepreneur, Lynn began his own building company L.A.W. Builders. While running his business, Lynn was elected to the Georgia State House, where he served proudly for 12 years. In the state House, Lynn developed a reputation for fighting for lower taxes and smaller government. He was eventually elected to serve as the Republican Leader, a position he held for three years. His hard work and dedication is credited as one of the major reasons the Republican Party was able to win the majority in the Georgia State House for the first time.
In 2004, Lynn was elected to the United States House of Representatives for Georgia’s Eighth Congressional District. After a long redistricting battle, the Eighth District was converted into the Third District, which stretches from the southern suburbs of metro Atlanta into Middle Georgia and down to Columbus. In 2012, Lynn was re-elected to his fifth term in Congress.
Lynn and his wife Joan have been married for 43 years. They have three children and seven grandchildren.
For more information about Lynn Westmoreland, please visit: http://westmoreland.house.gov/