Sen. Lester Jackson Greets President Obama in Atlanta


State Sen. Lester Jackson (D-Savannah) had the opportunity to meet with President Barack Obama during the President’s visit to Atlanta on Thursday to promote investment opportunities in pre-kindergarten and other education programs.

Sen. Jackson was appointed by the President to the Democratic National Committee in 2009. During the brief exchange, President Obama thanked Sen. Jackson for his legislative efforts in Georgia on higher education, veterans’ programs and addressing the school dropout rate. Already during the 2013 session of the General Assembly, Jackson has sponsored or co-sponsored legislation that would:

· Lower the minimum cumulative grade point average for maintaining eligibility for HOPE Grants from 3.0 to 2.0, a plan that Gov. Nathan Deal has embraced with bipartisan support.

Sen. Jackson, who was elected treasurer of the Democratic Party of Georgia in 2012, was recently appointed to serve on the powerful Credentials Committee of the Democratic National Committee. The Credentials Committee determines membership and participation in the national party.

He is the only Georgia legislator now serving on the DNC and the first Savannah resident to do so in nearly 20 years.

Last year, Sen. Jackson received the “Friend of Education” award from the Georgia Association of Educators following the 2012 legislative session, one of only two Senators to earn the honor. He was also recognized by Georgia Conservation Voters with the Environmental Leadership Award. He was also selected as Legislator of the Year by the Georgia Legislative Black Caucus on two occasions (2008 and 2010) and as the GLBC’s Freshman Legislator of the Year in 1999.

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