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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Here’s what constituents are saying about Sally’s Senate Snapshots:

“I appreciate your emails more than I anticipated. They are informative while being upbeat.”
“I appreciate your updates and have read all of them. Thanks to you I feel I know more about what’s going on in the Georgia legislature than I’ve ever known before.”
“Your emails are so informative I suspect you have reawakened an interest in government by your constituents.”
“Senator, thoroughly enjoy your missives — informative, insightful and timely.”
“Again, I have to say that you write extraordinarily wonderful newsletters. I have to read them from beginning to end so I don’t miss a sentence where you nail the truth so well. You have a great sense of humor which is so important in today’s world.”
“I enjoy your newsletters so much. They always have all the information I really need to have.”
“Sally, your communication is spectacular!”
“I want you to know just how much I truly, truly, truly appreciate these electronic updates from you. They are filled with quality information and clearly convey the amount of effort you are expounding on the behalf of all Georgians.”

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I'm figuring out how to find power in an increasingly broken political system. Recently, I shared my thoughts with some fellow women legislators at a Wellness Retreat hosteHer Term Term. Illustrating strategies using metaphors from my rocking climbing experiences, I encouraged my colleagues to act on their passions, unleasing their inner warriors. If you enjoy the fight, you're more likely to win.PhotElizabeth Karp Photographyhotography ... See MoreSee Less
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I have many Jewish friends who are suffering right now due to the terrorist attacks in Israel. Many of them personally know people living in Israel who have been impacted. Many of them are reliving family histories of the Holocaust. They are experiencing trauma. They are shaken to their core right now.I was with one of these friends today and we were talking about how to calm the nervous system. I have two ideas to share that are very simple. First, breathe out for a longer period of time than it took to breathe in. A slow expelling of the breath. Like a sigh. You will feel yourself relax as your parasympathetic nervous system kicks in. Second, if you have a little more time, pause to give your five senses some attention. Find two things each to smell, taste, feel, see and hear. Just whatever is around you. This is especially nice if you are outside. Feel the wind on the face, perhaps some raindrops in your hand. Listen to the birds, maybe children playing or cars going by. Find some herbs to smell, etc. This will ground you in your body and calm you. And always know that you are not alone. Much love to you all -- I'm holding you in love during these difficult times. ... See MoreSee Less
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