Susan (Susan) Holmes (R-129)

State Representative Susan Holmes

Susan (Susan) Holmes (R-129)
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Capitol: 404.656.5132
FAX: 404.656.5644
District: 404.656.0178
Georgia House of Representatives
Room 218-B State Capitol 206 Washington Street, SW
Atlanta, GA 30334
PO Box 151
Monticello, GA 31064
Residence:Monticello, GA

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Representative Susan Holmes serves the citizens of District 129, which includes Jasper County and portions of Butts, Jones and Monroe counties. She was elected to the House of Representatives in 2010 and currently serves as vice chairman of the Agriculture & Consumer Affairs and Special Rules committees and as secretary of the Energy, Utilities & Telecommunications and Legislative & Congressional Reapportionment committees. She also serves on the Economic Development & Tourism Committee. Susan Holmes is a product of rural Georgia. She is a seventh generation Jasper Countian, where she was raised on a cotton farm in the community of Farrar in northern Jasper County. Susan was an honor graduate of Monticello High School and received a Bachelor of Science in business education from the University of Georgia. In later years, she earned over 144 hours of credit in administration and leadership from the Carl Vinson Institute of Government of the University of Georgia. She has taught school, both public and private, served as a postmaster, a legal assistant and was CFO of a family owned insurance company. She is a licensed real estate agent. She served on the board of directors of Griffin Technical College, Piedmont Academy and has been a member of the Jasper County Zoning Board, Jasper Memorial Hospital Board, the Jasper County Library Board and the Georgia trust for Historic Preservation. She was a member of the Jasper County Board of Health for 11 years, serving as chair for her final year. She was a member of the Georgia College and State University Foundation Board and the Griffin Technical College Foundation Board. Susan served 12 years as mayor of the City of Monticello. Elected as the first female mayor and working with a majority black council, she succeeded in bringing many honors to the City along with making unprecedented progress. The City of Monticello was named one of the first 10 Better Hometown Cities in the state, one of the first five Cities of Excellence and a City of Ethics. The downtown area has undergone extensive restoration and is on the National Register of Historic Places. Former Governor Sonny Perdue appointed Mrs. Holmes as vice chair of the Rural Development Council and appointed her to the Georgia Workforce Development Council. She has served as president of the Georgia Municipal Association, which represents over 600 Georgia cities. She was on the board of the Northeast Georgia Regional Development Center, the Georgia Academy of Economic Development, the Carl Vinson Institute of Government Training Board, Leadership Jasper and Monticello Downtown Development Authority. Mrs. Holmes was selected as Monticello-Jasper County Citizen of the Year by the Chamber of Commerce. She was named one of the 100 Most Influential Georgians by Georgia Trend Magazine and one of the five most outstanding women in Middle Georgia by the Girl Scouts Council. She received recognition as Northeast Georgia's Most Outstanding Citizen and the Georgia Downtown Association's Outstanding Leadership Award. In January 2007, former President George W. Bush appointed Susan as state executive director of the Farm Service Agency for the State of Georgia. With 84 offices around the state, Mrs. Holmes administered and managed farm commodity, credit, conservation, disaster and loan programs. These programs are designed to improve the economic stability of the agricultural industry and to help farmers adjust production to meet demand. Economically, the desired result of these programs is a steady price range for agricultural commodities for both farmers and consumers. Susan and her husband of more than 55 years, Paul Holmes, live in Monticello, where they are members of Monticello Presbyterian Church. Susan is a member of the Monticello- Jasper Chamber of Commerce, Jasper County Historical Foundation, Monticello Garden Club, Monticello Kiwanis Club and Sergeant Newton Daughters of the American Revolution. Susan and Paul are very proud of their children- John and Lou Holmes; their late daughter, Cammie McCook, and her husband, Thomas McCook of Macon; and Sam and Lara Holmes of Atlanta. They are also proud of their eight grandchildren- Paul and Sims Holmes, graduates of the University of Georgia; Tommy and Evans McCook, students at Ole Miss; Shorter McCook, student at Stratford Academy; Sam and Susan Holmes, graduates of the University of Georgia; and Cammie Holmes, student at the Lovett School.

Election / Personal Info

First Elected: 2010    Next Election: 2022
Spouse: Paul Holmes   
Counties Representing