Tonya (Tonya) P. Anderson (D-SS43)
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Georgia State Senate
Room 323-B Coverdell Legislative Office Building 18 Capitol Square
Atlanta, GA 30334
PO Box 1026
Lithonia, GA 30058
|Elected: 2016 Next Election: 2018|
BioSenator Tonya P. Anderson, a Democrat, was elected to
the State Senate to represent Georgia's 43rd District in
2016. Senator Anderson's district includes parts of DeKalb,
Rockdale, and Newton counties.
In 2012, Senator Anderson was elected to serve as the first
State Representative for the newly formed District 92,
which covers portions of DeKalb and Rockdale counties.
While in the House of Representatives, she served as Chair
of the Women's Legislative Caucus, which is a bipartisan
organization that advocates for issues that affect Georgian
women and families. She also served on Defense & Veterans
Affairs Committee and with the Working Families Caucus.
Senator Anderson retired in 2012 from the United States Air
Force Reserve after more than 21 honorable years of service
and continues to volunteer and advocate for veterans'
services. In addition, she volunteers in the community
through the Salvation Army, NCNW, the NAACP, and several
non-profit boards. Senator Anderson is the recipient of
many service awards to include, but not limited to, being
honored in 2016 by the National DAV President for her immaculate
efforts in serving and advocating for the Veteran
Community. In 2015, she was awarded the Woman of Influence
Award from Women Veterans for Social Justice, Inc.
and awarded the Woman of Excellence Award 2014 by
NFWL- National Federation of Women Legislators.
Senator Anderson began her elected public service as a City
Councilmember for the City of Lithonia from 2006 to 2008,
and served as its Mayor from 2008 to 2011. During her
tenure as Mayor of Lithonia, she gained funding for the amphitheater
renovation project and completed the installation
of a $1.2 million federally funded streetscape improvement
plan. She also gave oversight to the completion of The
Terraces at Parkview, a housing complex for 94 low and
moderate income families. She brought the city into compliance
with EPA/EPD Standards for stormwater improvements
and received 'no findings' rating on city financial audits.
Senator Anderson is a member of several national and local
governmental organizations including Women in Government,
NBCSL, GLBC, NOBEL Women, Atlanta Regional Commission's
Regional Leadership Institute and Leadership
DeKalb. As a former board member, she continually serves
as a volunteer for the DeKalb County Board of Health
through the Live Healthy Dekalb Initiative.
Senator Anderson is an ordained minister and co-pastors
Stronghold Christian Church East with her husband, Houston.
She holds a degree in Business Administration with an
emphasis in Management from Alabama State University as
well as a Masters of Divinity from Luther Rice University.