A proven leader, Rep. Sheila Jones retired from Lockheed Martin Company after 34 years of distinguished service where she was an active member of the International Machinists & Aerospace Workers Union AFL-CIO (Local Lodge 709).
While serving as the Union’s Legislative Representative, she lobbied state and national officials on behalf of more than 9,000 working machinists throughout Georgia. In addition, she held numerous union leadership positions, notably as the first woman trustee of its Executive Board.
She was elected to the Georgia House in 2004 to represent District 53. After redistricting, her district number and map dramatically changed. She now represents District 60 which includes portions of the city of Atlanta & the city of South Fulton. She focuses her efforts on issues affecting working families and youth, senior citizens, and veterans. She holds a strong record of support for legislation which protects teachers, voting rights, affordable housing, and a woman’s right to choose.
Her House Committee assignments include Appropriations (Higher Education Sub-committee), Juvenile Justice and Transportation. Offices held over the years include Vice-chair of the Atlanta Delegation; Vice-chair, House Transportation Subcommittee on Rail; Parliamentarian, Secretary and Treasurer of the Georgia Legislative Black Caucus in different years; and Secretary of the Working Families Caucus. She currently serves as one of the Deputy Whips of the House Democratic Party.
During her first term, she was named Freshman Legislator of the Year by the Georgia Legislative Black Caucus. Other recognition for legislative service has come from Cobb Democratic Women; Cobb County Democratic Committee; Georgia Conservation Voters; Fulton County Council on Aging; Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Atlanta Alumnae Chapter; and Northwest Business Association.
Rep. Jones stays involved in her community through her work with the Democratic Party of Georgia; Delta Sigma Theta Sorority; and International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers. She has served as State President and Regional Director of the National Women’s Political Caucus-Georgia and established a foundation to support youth and senior citizens in her district.
House Bill 373, sponsored by Rep. Jones was signed into law by the Governor on April 26, 2023. HB 373 designates September 11 of each year as “First Responders Appreciation Day” in Georgia. Read her bio here.
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