Kathy Yates introduced Bill Heath at the Rotary Meeting. Republican Senator Bill Heath was elected to the Georgia State Senate in 2005 after serving a term in the Georgia House of Representatives. He represents the 31st District, which includes Haralson and Polk counties and a portion of Paulding county.

Senator Heath spoke about the upcoming legislative session.  They will be reintroducing a gun bill that was never brought up for vote last year, as well as some other items, including the budget.  Senator Heath told Rotarians that teacher salaries comprised nearly 1/3 of the State's budget and walked us through what comprised the remainder of the budget.  He said that Georgia was one of only nine states that still had a AAA bond rating, which is something we Georgians can be proud of.  Even though Georgia's population has increased, he felt that the type of population increase has helped our system, as we continue to be generating enough income to keep our budget in line.  Senator Heath fielded several questions from Rotarians.

Senator Heath currently serves as the Chair of the Senate Finance Committee, Vice-Chair of the Agriculture & Consumer Affairs Committee, Secretary of the Government Oversight Committee, and as a member of the Appropriations, Retirement, and Science & Technology Committees. He served as the Co-Chair of the Special Joint Committee on Georgia Revenue Structure that recently produced a major overhaul of the Georgia tax code. He also served as a Floor Leader for former Governor Sonny Perdue.

Senator Heath and his wife Susan have two children, a son who has been called to preach and a daughter who has been called to teach.  The Heaths attend the First Baptist Church of Bremen, where Senator Heath serves as a Deacon.


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