BioJoe Wilkinson was first elected to the Georgia House of Representatives in 2000. In the
House, he chairs the Ethics Committee and serves on the Economic Development and
Tourism, Health and Human Services, Insurance, and Natural Resources and
Environment Committees. He also serves on the Judiciary Committee as an Ex-Officio
Representative Wilkinson is a fifth generation Atlantan who graduated from North Fulton
High School and the University of Georgia. He was the University’s first intern to the
Georgia General Assembly working for the Republican Minority Leaders in the House
He served Presidents Ford and Reagan as a member of the White House Press Office.
He accompanied President Reagan on overseas trips to France, Honduras, Japan,
China, England, and Belgium and attended the Economic Summits in France and
England. He was a senior member of the Bush-Quayle Inaugural Committee and
coordinated the hosting of the Washington, DC based diplomatic corps for the
Representative Wilkinson is retired from The Coca-Cola Company where he worked
mainly in Coca-Cola International. During his career, he was a spokesman for the
company in the United States, Director of Public Relations for Europe and Africa,
Executive Assistant to the President of Coca-Cola International, and International Media
Director for External Technical Affairs.
Representative Wilkinson is retired from the United States Naval Reserve. He attained
the rank of Captain (O-6) and is a veteran of Desert Storm.
He is married to Pat and they have two sons, David and Stuart. David is married to Lisa
and they have one daughter, Ella Grace.
Representative Wilkinson has served on numerous non-profit boards including The
Atlanta Community Food Bank, the Metro Atlanta Crime Commission, USO of Georgia,
the Arts Festival of Atlanta, the Tommy Nobis Center, the Georgia Council for
International Visitors, Sister Cities International and Atlanta International Family
Services. He was appointed by Atlanta Mayors Andrew Young and Maynard Jackson to
the Atlanta Council for International Cooperation. He is an Advisory Member of the
Board of the Jekyll Island Foundation and on the Board of Directors for the Mighty
Eighth Air Force Museum.
He has visited more than 40 countries and has been a guest lecturer on international
affairs to college and high school students for the past 25 years. Representative
Wilkinson has also served as a guest commentator on international affairs and business
for numerous local and national media outlets.
The Wilkinsons are members of the Christ Episcopal Church Frederica on Saint Simons