BioEd Harbison, of Columbus, was first elected to
the Senate from the 15th District in 1992. Sen.
Harbison represents the citizens of Macon, Marion,
Talbot, Taylor, and Schley counties as well as
portions of Chattahoochee County and Muscogee
Sen. Harbison is currently Chairman of the Senate
Veterans, Military. He also serves on the Banking
and Financial Institutions, Insurance and Labor,
Interstate Cooperation, Regulated Industries and
Reapportionment and Redistricting committees.
Sen. Harbison is a former Chairman of the Georgia
Legislative Black Caucus.
During the 2008 General Assembly, Sen. Harbison
successfully sponsored a bill to ease barriers
and alleviate bureaucratic “red tape” for children
of military officers who transfer from one state to
another while in service.
Sen. Harbison is also responsible for legislation
which successfully led to the installation of Emergency
Call Boxes in the state along Interstate I-
85 from LaGrange to Columbus. He chaired the
Senate Eviction Law Study Committee and served
on the Joint Senate-House Study Committee on
Certificate of Need Health Care Facilities. He also
serves on the Policy Committee of the Senate
During the 1994 General Assembly, Sen. Harbison
successfully steered legislation through the
Senate to give the Governor the authority to order
the Georgia National Guard to assist state law
enforcement agencies in anti-drug efforts.
Prior to his election to the Senate, Sen. Harbison
served as second vice-president of the Muscogee
County School Board and was a member of the
Columbus Charter Review Commission.
Born in Prattville, Alabama and raised in Montgomery,
Sen. Harbison graduated from the Ca-
Senator Ed Harbison
Senate District 15
reer Academy School of Broadcasting and attended Troy State University at Fort Benning.
He served four years in the U.S. Marines.
Sen. Harbison is a public relations and advertising consultant and a broadcast journalist.
Active in the community, Sen. Harbison served on the Mayor’s Committee for a Drug-
Free Columbus; the Community Task force on Gangs, the Columbus Charter Review
Committee and the Columbus Cable TV Study Commission. He is a 1990 graduate of
Leadership Columbus, a member of the A.J. McClung YMCA Board of Directors and a
former officer of the Georgia Association of Newscasters.
Sen. Harbison has been featured on NBC’s “Dateline” news program regarding the
death penalty, and has been quoted in USA Today on his opposition to a state redistricting
Sen. Harbison has received a number of awards for his professional accomplishments
and his community service including- the James Costen Government Services Award,
the National Infantry Association's Order of Saint Maurice for distinguished and gallant
support of the Infantry, the Dr. John W. Townsend Award for Broadcast Excellence, the
Associated Press Annual Award for Best Regularly Scheduled TV Newscast, the PUSH
Excellence Award for the Communications Field and the Bambino League Award of Support.
He was recently honored as one of the 50 Most Influential African Americans of
He has also been honored by Alpha Kappa Alpha for his support of the Heritage Program
and cited by the NAACP for a 1989 Radio-Thon. He received the Columbus Times
Newspaper Award for Outstanding Contributions to African Americans, the Alabama
Disabled American Veterans Certificate of Appreciation and the U.S. Marine Corps Appreciation
Award. He also received the UPI Pacemaker Award for writing, editing and
narrating “The Dreamer’s Dream- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.”
Sen. Harbison was honored as Legislator of the Year for 1994 by the Georgia Pharmacy
Association for his efforts to improve the quality of health care in the state. He is also
the recipient of the Progressive Men’s Club’s prestigious Man of the Year Award for
Sen. Harbison’s wife, Cecilia, whom sadly passed away in 2012, blessed their family
with two children, Edward and Ladena.
January 2013—Senate Press Office