Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver

Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver

HD 82

Georgia State Representative Mary Margaret Oliver is a DeKalb County native and practicing attorney in Decatur who has served her district for more than three decades and is the only person in state history to have served as chair of both the House and Senate judiciary committees.


Her House District, 82, currently encompasses parts of Decatur, Brookhaven, and Chamblee inside Interstate 85, all of the Emory University campus, and the unincorporated neighborhoods of Druid Hills, Leafmore, Clairmont Heights, Medlock, North Briarcliff, and Oak Grove.


For more than three decades, Mary Margaret Oliver has served multiple terms in the Georgia House and Senate, focusing on legislation protecting children and consumers. In January 2021, Rep. Oliver was appointed chair of the Metropolitan Atlanta Regional Transit Oversight Committee (MARTOC), making her the sole Democrat committee chair in the General State House. This year, she helped carry the Speaker’s bipartisan Mental Health Parity Act to unanimous passage by both chambers, a watershed victory for Georgians.


Rep. Oliver sits on the Appropriations, Judiciary, Governmental Affairs, Juvenile Justice, and Science and Technology Committees. By appointment of the Chief Justice of the Georgia Supreme Court, she serves on the Committee on Justice for Children, and by appointment of the Governor, she joined the Commission on Behavioral Health Innovation and Reform. House Speaker David Ralston has appointed her to special committees on Criminal Justice Reform, Child Welfare Reform, and Access to the Civil Justice System.


A graduate of Vanderbilt University and Emory University Law School, Rep. Oliver has remained active in the life of Emory, where she has taught in the Barton Child Law and Policy Center, currently serves on the Board of Visitors, and was honored as one of Emory’s History Makers. Her legislative work has also garnered recognition by the Atlanta YWCA, Garden Clubs of Georgia, and Voices for Georgia’s Children, among other organizations.


Representative Oliver is a frequent guest on GPB’s Political Rewind and a timely contributor of opinion pieces on legislative issues to the Atlanta Journal Constitution. A golfer and avid gardener with a love of Georgia’s natural beauty, Oliver serves on the board of the Altamaha Riverkeeper. She is a lifelong member of All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Midtown Atlanta, where she teaches an annual Sunday School class, “Jesus on the Front Page of the New York Times.”


Rep. Oliver was recognized as Georgia’s Woman of the Year in 2017. Read the speech delivered for the occasion by WIN List Executive Director Melita Easters to honor Rep, Oliver in a blog post here.

This AJC interview was conducted when Rep. Oliver was named MARTOC Chair.