Gloria (Gloria) S. Butler (D-SS55)
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Senator
Georgia State Senate
Room 420-C State Capitol 206 Washington Street, SW
Atlanta, GA 30334

District Office:
6241 Southland Trace
Stone Mountain, GA 30087
Elected: 1998    Next Election: 2020
DOB: 12/25/1941
Committee Assignments
SecretarySenate Committee on State and Local Governmental Operations
MemberSenate Committee on Health and Human Services
MemberSenate Committee on Rules
MemberSenate Committee on Transportation
MemberSubcommittee on Scope of Practice
MemberSenate Committee on Reapportionment and Redistricting
MemberSenate Committee on Ethics
SecretarySenate Committee on Urban Affairs
Counties Representing
DeKalb / Gwinnett

Bio

Senator Gloria Butler, a Democrat, was elected to the Georgia State Senate in 1998 and first served in 1999 to represent District 55 in DeKalb County. With 19 years of service, Sen. Butler is the highest ranking female in the Georgia State Senate. She has held leadership positions every year during her impressive tenure.

She serves as Secretary of Urban Affairs Committees. She serves as a member on the Health and Human Services, Rules, State and Local Government Operations, Transportation and Urban Affairs Committees. Senator Butler serves as the vice chair of the Senate Caucus Fundraising and Campaign Committee. She is the former chair and a current at-large member of the National Black Caucus of State Legislators for region 6, which includes Florida and Georgia and former vice chair of the Georgia Legislative Black Caucus.

Senator Butler was appointed to the MARTA Overview Committee by Gov. Nathan Deal. She has served on the Child Fatality Review Panel under the aegis of the Child Advocate's Office since 2005 and was recently reappointed by Lt.

Gov. Casey Cagle for 2014-2015. She is an avid champion of children's issues and works diligently to improve the public health system. She was also appointed to both the 2013 Medicaid Reform Study Committee and the 2013 study committee on the status of Doctors in Georgia. She is also the State Director for two national organizations, Women in Government (WIG) and Women in Legislative Lobby (WILL).

During her tenure with the legislature, Senator Butler has sponsored and co-sponsored many important pieces of legislation. During her first term, Senator Butler received the Freshman Legislator of the Year Award from the Georgia Legislative Black Caucus. Senator Butler was appointed by Lieutenant Governor Mark Taylor to serve on the Georgia Workforce Investment Board, which was established in accordance with the Congressional Workforce Investment Act of 1998 to assist in preparing Georgia for a statewide workforce development system.

Active in her community, Senator Butler volunteers with Positive Growth, a youth program that provides housing and counseling for young men (ages 11-17) who have been involved with the court system. The organization recently opened a second home, which was named in honor of Senator Butler for securing funds from the annual state budget for the operation of the facilities. She also secured funding and volunteers for VIBE, an initiative for the betterment of black male youth. During Senator Butler's service in the Georgia State Senate, she has received numerous awards of recognition and appreciation for her work in the communities of her Senate District.

Senator Gloria Butler Senate District 55 A resident of Georgia since 1977, Senator Butler spent 12 years as a Fiscal Accounting Assistant for the Health Sciences Center Library at Emory University. In 1992, she directed Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney's Get Out the Vote (GOTV) campaign and, later became a legislative assistant to McKinney, advising the Congresswoman on education, agriculture affairs, the environment, foreign agriculture and hunger issues, space and technology, and welfare reform. Two years later, Butler was recruited by the United States Information Agency (USIA) to participate in the U.S. Speaker Program, which entailed travel to South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Swaziland.

During the 1996 Olympics and Paralympics Games, Senator Butler served as Assistant to the Director of AmeriCorps Team for National Service. There, she recruited young adults to work alongside senior citizens, emphasizing the importance of volunteerism and cooperative efforts.

Senator Butler is a graduate of Perimeter College and holds an Associate Degree in Business Administration. She is a member of the National Council of Negro Women, served on the Board of the South DeKalb Business Association and is a lifetime member of the DeKalb County NAACP.

Senator Butler is a former member of the DeKalb Junior League Advisory Board and the South DeKalb Business Association Board.

Senator Butler, the mother of two daughters, Felicia and Leslie, is also the proud grandmother of two; grandson Corey, granddaughter Courtney and step grandmother of Jalen. She is also blessed with six great grandsons, Zion Cornell, twins Corey and Cayden, Jase, Michael and Mason. She is a member of Berean Christian Church in Stone Mountain.