Join us for a virtual town hall meeting featuring Georgia State Senators Butch Miller and Dean Burke to learn about what is happening in Georgia’s continued response to the COVID-19 crisis, how our industry can support their efforts, and insights into what is coming next. The format is an hour in length with time allocated to answer questions. Moderating the discussion is Georgia Bio President & CEO Maria Thacker-Goethe.
You are able to submit questions in advance for the Senators and we will also have the Q&A feature during the webinar.
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Honorable Butch Miller
Senate President Pro Tempore
Georgia State Senate
Senator Butch Miller was elected to the Georgia State Senate in 2010 to represent the 49th Senate District, which is comprised of the majority of Hall County.
On Monday, January 8, 2018, Sen. Miller was nominated and elected by his colleagues to server as Senate President Pro Tempore. The Senate President Pro Tempore presides over the Georgia Senate when the President of the Senate is absent and is in charge of managing the administrative duties for the senate.
In addition to his duties as Senate President Pro Tempore, Sen. Miller serves as chairman of the Administrative Affairs Committee and as a member of the Senate Appropriations, Assignments, Banking and Financial Institutions, Ethics, MARTOC, Regulated Industries and Utilities and Rules Committees. He also serves as an Ex-Officio on the Government Oversight Committee.
He is also a member of the joint Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Overview Committee (MARTOC) and the Chairman of Georgia World Congress Center Authority Oversight Committee.
Sen. Miller brings leadership experience to his Senate seat. He is a former chairman of the Georgia Automobile Dealers Association’s board of directors and of the National Automobile Dealers Association 20 Group. He is also past chair of the North Georgia Honda Dealers’ board of directors and the Georgia Baptist Children’s Home board of directors, and a former president of the North Georgia Honda Dealers.
Honorable Dean Burke
Vice-Chairman Senate Health & Human Services Committee
Georgia State Senate
Senator Dean Burke, a Republican, represents Senate District 11, which consists of Colquitt, Decatur, Early, Grady, Miller and Seminole counties along with portions of Mitchell and Thomas counties. Senator Burke serves as Vice-Chairman of the Health and Human Services Committee, and is a member of the Agriculture and Consumer Affairs Committee, the Rules Committee and the Ethics Committee. He also serves on the Appropriations Committee and is its Community Health Sub-Committee Chair, responsible for 14.1 percent of the states total budget.
Prior to being elected to the State Senate, Senator Burke contributed to his community by serving five years on the Bainbridge City Council and the Lower Flint Water Council. He is also a member of the Rotary Club and former member of the Hospital Authority of the City of Bainbridge and Decatur County. Senator Burke also dedicates time to the Boy Scouts of America where he serves as a volunteer.
Senator Burke graduated Summa Cum Laude from Georgia Southwestern University and went on to graduate from the Medical College of Georgia. He received his specialty training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Mercer University School of Medicine and practiced obstetrics and gynecology for 27 years. He now serves as a rural hospital administrator in the role of Chief Medical Officer at Memorial Hospital and Manor in Bainbridge. In addition, Senator Burke is the Chairman of the Stratus Healthcare Governing Board, and is an advocate for improving health care outcomes in Georgia.