Karen (Karen) L. Bennett (D-SH094)
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Representative
Georgia House of Representatives
Room 507-G Coverdell Legislative Office Building 18 Capitol Square
Atlanta, GA 30334

District Office:
6909 Springbank Way
Stone Mountain, GA 30087
Elected: 2012    Next Election: 2014
Spouse: Leroy   
Committee Assignments
MemberHouse Committee on Regulated Industries
MemberHouse Committee on Economic Development and Tourism
MemberHouse Committee on Code Revision
Counties Representing
DeKalb / Gwinnett

Bio

Karen L. Bennett is a native of Richmond Virginia. She earned the Bachelor of Science Degree in Physical Therapy from Howard University in 1979, where she graduated with honors. She subsequently received her Master of Science degree in Exercise Physiology from Georgia State University and her Master of Divinity Degree from Candler School of Theology at Emory University in December, 2008. Bennett moved to Georgia in 1985, and has resided in DeKalb County since that time. Most recently, Bennett was elected by an impressive majority to serve in the Georgia General Assembly as State Representative of District 94; representing citizens in both DeKalb and Gwinnett Counties.

Professionally, Karen is a licensed Physical Therapist and is the President and CEO of Metro Therapy Providers, Inc. in DeKalb County; a pediatric therapy provider service offering physical, occupational and speech therapy to her clients. She has been recognized for her work as a gifted administrator by the Atlanta Business League, Black Enterprise Magazine and the Physical Therapy Association of Georgia. Bennett has served on several boards, both civic and professional. In her community she has served most recently as her county commissioner’s appointee to DeKalb County’s Revenue Enhancement Commission, the appointee to the DeKalb County Citizens Green Space Bond Fund Oversight committee and as District 1 representative to the Land Use Committee. Bennett has also served as the Chairman of the Board of Directors for the DeKalb Business Incubator, providing start-up incubation services to area small businesses. Bennett has served on the Board of Directors for the Physical Therapy Association of Georgia and as an advisor to the Physical Therapy Association of Georgia for matters pertaining to children with special needs. She has spent many years serving the State of Georgia’s Babies Can’t Wait program as the physical therapy representative to the Tri-Alliance therapy advisory council and has been an advocate for Children with Special Needs and their families to have accessible and adequate health are. Rev. Bennett is a member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc and has served as a member of the 100 Black Women of DeKalb County. She is known for her dedication, hard work, caring spirit and passionate advocacy in community service and for the rights of others.

In addition to working as a professional and community advocate, Mrs. Bennett is also an Ordained Itinerant Elder since 2009 in the African Methodist Episcopal Church, where she accepted her call to the ministry in 2003. Bennett is currently serving in her second appointment as pastor of the New Hope AME Church in Hoschton, Georgia. Her first appointment to serve as pastor of New Saint Mark AME Church in Athens Georgia in May of 2010 was made by Bishop William P. DeVeaux, presiding prelate of the Sixth Episcopal District in the A.M. E. Church.

Prior to serving as pastor, Rev. Bennett’s heart for ministry and people was also demonstrated through her work in the church. Bennett served as an Associate Minister at New Bethel AME Church (NBC) in Lithonia Georgia, where she was instrumental in developing the New Bethel youth church. She has served in both youth and senior ministries as well as in the administrative ministry of the church. Reverend Bennett has taught youth Sunday School, youth, adult and senior bible studies and has worked intimately in the life of the church by participating on numerous committees. In addition to her local church commitments, Rev. Bennett served with distinction as the Atlanta East District’s Coordinator for the “Women In Ministry” component in the Sixth Episcopal District and currently serves as the Augusta-Athens District’s Women in Ministry Coordinator.

Biographical Sketch Reverend Karen Leeper Bennett 11/20/2012 2 Prior to pursuing ordained ministry, Reverend Bennett served on various boards within her local church and community, to include the Steward Board, and the Women’s Outreach Ministry. Rev. Bennett has served as chairman of the Board of Directors for the New Bethel Senior Center and as a member of Bethel Enterprise; New Bethel’s non profit entity. Her work with the NBC Senior Center filled her passion for various aspects of care for her the elderly.

Married to Leroy Bennett, Reverend Karen Bennett and her spouse are the proud parents of two children; Jabari and Asha who currently attend college. Her love for God and for others is extended through in all aspects of her life through her ministry and community service.




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