In her address to the club on Monday, August 21st Karen gave us all an opportunity to hear first-hand of the work that is currently being done in the local, state, and federal levels of our government.
She spoke on Military spending, school safety, the opioid crisis and alternative pain management research, human trafficking, and the $184,000,000 federal grant received for the GA.400 project toll lane project.
Perhaps most importantly she reminded us to please stay in contact with all of your representatives and let them know what you think.If you have thoughts to share or want to learn more go to https://handel.house.gov/ and sign up for her newsletter to stay up-to-date.
"On June 20, 2017, the voters of Georgia's 6th Congressional District elected me as their next congressman. It's an amazing privilege. I was sworn in on June 26 and assigned as a member on the House Education and Workforce Committee and the House Judiciary Committee."
Prior to becoming the first female to represent Georgia in the United States House of Representatives, Congresswoman Karen Handel held policy and communications positions with several major corporations and nonprofit organizations. She served in the Bush-Quayle White House, as deputy chief of staff to Governor Sonny Perdue, and as the CEO of one of Georgia's largest chambers of commerce.
After being elected Chairman of the Fulton County Board of Commissioners, Karen quickly distinguished herself as a problem-solver and smart negotiator -- plugging a $ I 00 million budget deficit without raising taxes, delivering the County's first truly balanced budget, and achieving significant ethics reforms. One of just five women ever to be elected to statewide office in Georgia, Karen was Georgia's 26th Secretary of State, and its first Republican Secretary of State. In this role, Karen successfully implemented various elections integrity reforms, including photo ID, and executed a much-needed, agency-wide modernization initiative while cutting the department's budget by nearly 20%.
In Congress, Karen serves on the House Judiciary Committee and on the Education and the Workforce Committee. Earlier this year, she was also appointed to the Joint Economic Committee (JEC), a bipartisan group of 20 Senators and Representatives split evenly by party affiliation. In this capacity, she is tasked with reviewing economic conditions and recommending improvements to national economy policy.
For the past 25 years, Karen and her husband Steve have lived in the 6th District, which stretches from Marietta to Brookhaven, and from Milton to Sandy Springs.