State Rep. Terry England has been named as one of most influential Georgians of 2010 by James Magazine.
England said he was surprised and honored by the recognition.
“This is an incredible honor that I never expected,” he said. “I was taught by my parents to work hard at whatever I do, and that is what I always try to strive for while representing the fine folks in the 108th District. Recognition like this is very humbling and special to me.”
James Magazine, Georgia’s only monthly news magazine, focuses on Georgia political news and issues.
Each year, the magazine releases a “who’s who” list of Georgia politics. In addition to England, this year’s list also includes House speaker David Ralston (R- Blue Ridge), U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, Department of Transportation commissioner Vance Smith and Georgia Department of Economic Development commissioner Ken Stewart.
England was recognized in part for his work on the 2010 Water Stewardship Act. England contributed extensively to the portions of the act related to outdoor watering, including agricultural and landscaping irrigation.
This past year, England also served as the vice-chairman of the House Appropriations Committee and chairman of the House appropriations sub-committee on Education which oversees all state funding for Georgia’s public Pre-K, elementary, middle, and high schools.
England was also credited with bringing House Bill 1195 and Senate Bill 237 into the House. HB 1195 codifies the State Workforce Investment Board, a board on which Rep. England has served on for the last five years. This board is responsible for the Georgia Work Ready program. SB 237 was designed to protect retailers and consumers from price gouging during a declared state of emergency by the Governor. Both bills were passed.
England represents the citizens of District 108, which includes portions of Barrow County. He was elected into the House of Representatives in 2005, and currently serves as the vice-chairman of the Agriculture and Consumer Affairs Committee as well as vice-chairman of the Appropriations Committee. He also serves as a member of the Industrial Relations, Education, and Natural Resources and Environment committees.
More information is available on England’s capitol website at www. legis.ga.gov and his Facebook page.