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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“Time-between” can be sweet, whether it’s time-between jobs, time-between semesters, or the bus ride home after school. I like using the "time-between" legislative sessions to read books. Here’s what I’ve read so far! ... See MoreSee Less
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Like many of you this week, I am both outraged and perplexed at the sudden firing of DeKalb’s Superintendent of Schools, Cheryl Watson-Harris. And like many of you, I have throughout the years ridden the peaks and valleys of the DeKalb County Schools leadership -- pinning my hopes on new superintendents, only to feel despair and disappointment as they walk out the door. The millions of dollars we have spent paying out unfinished contracts is infuriating, including the $750,000 we paid to the superintendent candidate we didn’t even hire.As one of the few state legislators who actually has kids who have attended DeKalb County Schools, I am ready to work with my colleagues at the state level to help figure out how to end this cycle we seem trapped in. We need to get beyond dealing with symptoms and figure out the root causes, looking deeply to find out why we appear to experience the same patterns over and over again.The first step in this process is for the current board to restore trust. The way they handled the firing of the Superintendent this week has opened wounds that they alone need to heal. I am ready to listen with an open mind.In the meantime, we have a new Acting Superintendent who needs our support. Our students cannot learn in unhealthy environments and our facilities are aging and in need of urgent repair. During the 2021 - 2022 legislative term, I filed SB 123 “The Permanent Classroom Act.” While it was written to help decrease the reliance on classroom trailers, it can be expanded next term to deal with school repair in general, setting state-level standards for the safety and well-being of our students.Our School Board has told us that at least for now, they want to use local talent to solve our local challenges. It is now up to our community to help make that happen. I choose to believe DeKalb can do it and I’m ready to help. ... See MoreSee Less
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