Senator Sally Harrell was elected to the Georgia Senate in 2018 and represents north DeKalb County, plus parts of Gwinnett and Fulton Counties. Her district includes portions of ten cities including: Chamblee, Doraville, Dunwoody, Brookhaven, Tucker, Peachtree Corners, Sandy Springs, Norcross, Atlanta, and Roswell. in the Senate, she serves on the Higher Education, Natural Resources and the Environment, Urban Affairs, Ethics, State Institutions and Property, and Special Judiciary Committees. Sally Harrell previously served in the Georgia House of Representatives from 1999 – 2005, representing part of DeKalb county in metropolitan Atlanta. There she served on the Education, Human Relations & Aging, Children & Youth and Appropriations Committees (Health Sub-Committee).
She champions a wide range of women and children’s healthcare issues, advocated for access to mental health services, fought for mandatory school recess for children, helped pass a law protecting women who breastfeed in public, and is an advocate for various non-profit organizations.
Prior to serving in the legislature, Ms. Harrell served as the Executive Director of the Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition of Georgia. She holds a Master of Social Work from the University of Georgia and a Bachelors from Georgia State University.
Ms. Harrell lives in the Chamblee area with her husband Jay and their two children who attend Georgia State University and Georgia Institute of Technology.