District 77 Accomplishments

We have accomplished a lot together during my first term in office. The short list includes:

  • Coordinated efforts between the Clayton County Delegation, Clayton County Public Schools, elected officials and local leaders countywide to contest House Bill 918, which would have drained much needed funds from both the county and school system. This led to the Governor and Delta agreeing to hold harmless and make Clayton County whole until the end of the current ESPLOST and LOST. This outcome ensured that Clayton County Public Schools would not lose $18 million in funding, and kept vital county services operating uninterrupted.

  • In my second legislative session, House Resolution 655 unanimously passed in the House and is now Georgia law. This bipartisan effort officially named November 9 as Gold Star Father Day annually.

  • Elected as Chair of the Clayton County Legislative Delegation, which consists of elected officials from the House and Senate. Together, we collaborate to find solutions to issues that affect our communities, constituents and businesses.

  • Drafted 39 pieces of legislation during my first Session. Two were signed into law, including House Bill 548, which provides for a governing authority in The City of Riverdale

  • Honored over 40 Gold Star Fathers for the first time in the State of Georgia; working on making Georgia Gold Star Father’s Day the law of the land.

  • Became a member of the Clayton County Legislative Delegation in 2017. My first year I served as secretary, and I was elected to the role of Chair in January 2018, providing another avenue for me to collaborate with other local elected officials and our community

  • Provided weekly status updates of legislation so that constituents can follow the House’s progress via my website and social media pages as well as sharing community related concerns, employment opportunities, and information related to District and County events and news

  • Promptly respond to constituents to help them resolve their issues

  • Middle and high school students from District 77 served as Pages at the Capitol

  • Elementary school students from District 77 visited and experienced the Capitol in March, many for the first time

  • Publicly honored many constituents throughout 2017 so that they know their service is appreciated, such as:

    • Georgia General Assembly Proclamation commemorating the life of Riverdale resident and original Tuskegee Airman Hiram Emory Little

    • Awarded several District 77 constituents with the Volunteer Service Award from former President Barack Obama

 

On the horizon:

  • Working on updating legislation to the Fireworks Bill–specifically time and dates such as New Year’s Eve and July 4

  • Gathering DFACS assistance for Grandparents

  • Retaining and acquiring new businesses to Clayton County

  • Continue working with all of our elected officials and community leaders

  • Secure volunteers for Docents at the Governor’s Mansion

  • Continue implementing the "USE" theme (Unite, Serve, Empower) so that we all can work together to make District 77 the best possible community in which to live, work, and play!

 

We still have a lot of work to do, and the groundwork has been laid for future success. Thank you for your continued confidence, support, and for allowing me to serve you!

As your servant leader, I will continue to demonstrate genuine care and commitment to the District 77 community and its citizens. Let’s continue building our future together!

State Representative Rhonda M. Burnough

District 77

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