BioBILLY MITCHELL, was overwhelmingly elected to his first term on the City Council of the
historic City of Stone Mountain in 1995, and was then unanimously selected by his colleagues to
serve as Mayor Pro Tem (Vice Mayor). He also served as Chairman of the Finance Committee,
where he led the City to "outstanding financial status," as reported by independent auditors. He
held the distinction of having sponsored more legislation than any other then present Council
Member, including the legislation permitting the City’s erection of the "Freedom Bell"
commemorating Martin Luther King, Jr.’s, exhortation to "let freedom ring, even from Stone
Mountain of Georgia!" in his immortal "I Have a Dream" speech.
Because of his penchant for service, Billy offered himself as a candidate for the Georgia General
Assembly in 2002. As the Democratic nominee for the House of Representatives, he was elected
that November with over 70% of the vote to represent what is now the 88th Legislative District.
His constituents reside in most of Stone Mountain, parts of Tucker and Lithonia in DeKalb
County and parts of Gwinnett County. Upon his swearing-in, among the committees the Speaker
of the House of Representatives appointed Billy to include, being designated to serve as
secretary of the Congressional & Legislative Reapportionment Committee, which is unusual for
a first-term legislator to serve in a leadership capacity on a standing committee.
Further making history, he was elected by his peers to serve as secretary of the powerful Georgia
Legislative Black Caucus, becoming the first freshman legislator to serve as an officer of the
largest legislative Black caucus in the nation. He also became the first freshman member of the
General Assembly to serve on a legislative oversight committee when he was appointed to
Georgia’s Recreational Overview Committee, which is responsible for the legislative and policy
oversight of the state’s parks and recreation facilities, which includes Georgia’s most visited
facility, Stone Mountain Park. For his distinguished service, which includes sponsoring more
legislation signed into law during his first term then any other freshman legislator, including the
landmark legislation that allows "advanced voting" in Georgia, his colleagues selected him to
receive the Georgia Legislative Black Caucus prestigious "Freshman Legislator of the Year"
Billy has received numerous awards including the Delta Theta Phi Law Fraternity Award for
academic achievement, the Shoney’s Restaurant Community Hero award, the Georgia Municipal
Association’s "Champion for Georgia Cities" legislative service award, the Association of
County Commissioners of Georgia "Outstanding Legislative Service Award" and the DeKalb
NAACP Pat Jones community service award. He is also a United States Jay-Cees selection as an
"Outstanding Young Man in America", the recipient of the East Point VFW "Mr. South Fulton"
award for community service, the South Fulton Rotary Club "Rotarian of the Year" award, as
well as Rotary International’s "Distinguished Club President" award.
A frequent public speaker and writer, Billy has authored several articles that have appeared in
various newspapers and magazines. He has served as a lecturer at the Kennesaw State
University, Burris Institute for Elected Officials, as well as lectured on Political Science at the
Clark Atlanta University. He is also a contributor to the best selling book, "Keeping the
Faithâ€“Stories of Love, Courage, Healing and Hope" by popular author, radio and television
personality, Tavis Smiley. The book was recognized as the "Best Literary Work for Non-
Fiction," at the nationally televised NAACP Image Awards.
Billy is married to the former Shawn Evans, a previous "Miss Norfolk State University" and
present college professor. They have two children, a daughter, Maya, and son, Sean, and are very
active members of the Saint Philip AME Church, a nearly 8,000-member congregation in
Decatur, where he also serves as an officer.