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Anderson: Getting Started in 2017
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Monday, Jan. 9, marked the start of the 2017 legislative session in the state of Georgia and my first day as a state senator. Fifty-five senators from across the state took the oath of office and officially became state senators of their respective districts. I look forward to working hard during our 40 day session to create positive change under the gold dome for everyone in District 43 and our state.

On Jan. 9, 2017, I was officially sworn in as a state senator after serving in the Georgia House of Representatives for three years. I was also given my committee assignments which include serving as a member of Public Safety, Retirement, and Veterans, Military and Homeland Security Committees. As a retired Air Force Veteran myself, I am especially eager to advocate for veterans and their families. I believe that my experience in each of these areas will allow me to be able to contribute to these committees.

I look forward to working with my fellow senators to ensure our state passes legislation that creates fair and equal opportunities for all. The first step in this is to pass a balanced budget, which is constitutionally required of the Georgia General Assembly. I will be working hard to make sure every entity in our state is appropriately funded and funds are allocated where they are most needed.

On Monday, Jan. 16, the Senate took a day off to recognize Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day. As Atlanta was the home of this great, influential man, let us all remember the sacrifice he made for equality. May we all carry his principles with us and let his work inspire us to create change of our own right here at the state Capitol.

As we work through the next 36 legislative days, I will continue to work to keep your interests at the top of my priorities. If you have any questions comments or concerns relating to legislation or our district, please do not hesitate to call my office. It is an honor to serve you and I appreciate your feedback and prayers for a successful legislative session.

Senator Tonya Anderson represents the 43rd Senate District, which includes portions of DeKalb, Newton and Rockdale counties. She may be reached by email at