Senate Minority Leader Gloria Butler

Senate Minority Leader Gloria Butler

SD 55

Georgia WIN List is proud to endorse Senate Minority Leader Gloria Butler for District 55, the DeKalb County area she has represented since 1998 (later adding Gwinnett counties after the 2010 Census and Redistricting). She is the highest-ranking female in the Georgia Senate and the first woman of either party to serve as Leader.  

Over the years, she has served in many leadership roles for the Democratic Caucus, the Black Caucus, senate committees and national legislative organizations such as Women in Government, NOBEL Women, and Women in Legislative Lobby.  She has served on statewide task forces such as the Child Fatality Review Panel, the Medicaid Reform Study Committee and the Georgia Workforce Investment Board.

Senator Butler is a strong voice for the expansion of Medicaid, the protection of reproductive freedom and programs to help at risk young people Under her leadership, Senate Democrats have prioritized health care, good-paying jobs, and the ability for self-determination at the ballot box. Butler sponsored legislation to bring health coverage to 500,000 Georgians through Medicaid expansion and successfully advocated for expanding Medicaid coverage to new mothers for a full year postpartum. She has written legislation to raise the minimum wage, and Butler led Democrats to defeat a bill limiting abortion access as well as stop an expansion of school vouchers this session. A vocal proponent of voting rights, Senator Butler has sponsored bills to expand drop boxes, increase early voting, and enact same-day voter registration.

During her professional career, she worked at Emory University for 12 years before working on the staff of Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney and later with the United States Information Agency (USIA) to participate in the U.S. Speaker Program, which entailed travel to South Africa, Zimbabwe and Swaziland. A lifetime member of the DeKalb County NAACP, Sen. Butler is a former member of the DeKalb Junior League Advisory Board and the South DeKalb Business Association Board.

The mother of two daughters, she has two grand-children and seven great-grandchildren. She worships at Berean Christian Church in Stone Mountain.