About Sally

Experienced. Smart. Progressive.

In November of 2018 the people of the 40th Senate District, including DeKalb, Fulton and Gwinnett county residents, elected me to represent them in the Georgia State Senate. Since then, it has been an honor and a pleasure to continue the advocacy I began in the Georgia House of Representatives for public education, access to affordable healthcare, voter’s rights, and the protection of our Earth.

I am currently a member of the Senate Ethics; Higher Education; and Natural Resources and the Environment; Special Judiciary; Urban Affairs; and State Institution and Properties Committees. Because my district includes three counties and ten cities, I also am a voting member of the Gwinnett, DeKalb and Fulton delegations, including the City of Atlanta delegation. I currently serve as Vice Chair of the DeKalb Delegation and as Co-Chair of the bi-partisan Georgia Legislative Women’s Caucus.

During my first term in the Georgia Senate, I chose to speak out on issues including voter’s rights; gun safety; Medicaid expansion, including access to a public option; human rights protections for immigrants; protection of women’s rights to reproductive healthcare; public transit funding; and the high cost of higher education.

Elected to three terms in the Georgia House of Representatives, from 1999 – 2005, I served on the House Education, Human Relations & Aging, Children & Youth, and Appropriations Committees. As a State Representative, I championed a wide range of women’s and children’s issues, advocating for mental health and disability services and mandatory recess for children. During this period, I also helped pass a landmark and progressive law protecting mothers who breastfeed in public, after breastfeeding my own newborns as I attended to my duties in the House chamber.

Prior to serving in the Georgia legislature, I was the Executive Director of the Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition of Georgia. I received my Master of Social Work from the University of Georgia and Bachelor of Social Work from Georgia State University.

I currently live in the Northlake/Tucker area with my husband, Jay, while my two children attend Georgia State University and the Georgia Institute of Technology. When not attending to legislative and campaign duties, I’m an avid reader and stay fit by climbing 60-foot walls at our local rock climbing gym.

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The Biennial Institute, held on the UGA campus in Athens, kicked off a new term of the Georgia General Assembly with high level training and talks about what's on the horizon for Georgia leaders. This year we welcomed 53 new members -- 43 in the House and 10 in the Senate. Due to the pandemic, the last time I attended a Biennial in person was 2018. I was reminded this year how important in-person networking is to the work of policy making. I shook so many hands and had conversations that jump-started my work for the 2023 legislative session! Amy Becker Swygert joined me this year as she continues in her role as my Commications Director at the Gold Dome. ... See MoreSee Less
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Today I voted at the Memorial Drive location. It was very busy, which was great to see! Despite the line, I was able to get in and out in 45 minutes, thanks to some hard working and very organized poll workers. It made my heart feel good. There's only one week of early voting -- the last day of voting is December 6th. Don't wait until the last minute -- go ahead and get it done early if you can. A friend of mine just got sick and hasn't voted yet, so you never know what can happen. This vote is too important to miss. It determines what kinds of policies get through the U.S. Senate committees. ... See MoreSee Less
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