Government Affairs Council

The Government Affairs Council (GAC) is an organization dedicated to achieving the policy objectives of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce. All members of the Chamber are eligible to participate in GAC. Those investing below the Cornerstone Level must remit an annual dues payment, or Chamber PAC contribution, in the amount of $250 in order to participate in GAC. 

Membership benefits:

  •  Opportunity to network with other lobbyists and legislators at GAC signature events
  •  Participate in a coalition dedicated to advancing pro-business principles and opportunities in Georgia
  • Stay abreast of a wide range of issues during legislative session
  • Ability to participate in issue-specific GAC committees
  • Ability to request GAC engagement on relevant issues

Government Affairs Council Committees:

  • Business & Industry
  • Compliance
  • Economic Development & Taxation
  • Education & Workforce Development
  • Energy & Natural Resources
  • Federal Affairs
  • Health & Wellness
  • Judiciary
  • Tourism & Travel
  • Transportation

2016-2018 Government Affairs Council Executive Committee

Chair: Craig Camuso, CSX
Vice Chair: Heather Telheit, Oglethorpe Power Corp.

Executive Committee At-Large

Harold Bevis, Bevis and Gallego Govt. & Public Affairs

Elizabeth Chandler, Georgia Bankers Association

Kevin Curtin, AT&T

Skin Edge, GeorgiaLink Public Affairs Group

Chuck McMullen, Parker, Poe, Adams Bernstein, LLC

Mark Middleton, Mark M. Meddleton, P.C.

Roy Robinson, The R.B. Robinson Company

Haydon Stanley, Fiveash- Stanley

Chris Clark, Georgia Chamber

David Raynor, Georgia Chamber

John D’Andrea, Georgia Power Company

Business & Industry

Chair: Mike Giles, Georgia Poultry Federation
Vice Chair: Jeff Hamling, Cornerstone Government Affairs


Chair: Kirby Thompson, SunTrust Bank
Vice Chair: Ethan James, Georgia Hospital Association

Economic Development and Taxation

Chair: Hunter Hopkins, American Petroleum Institute
Vice Chair: Jamie Hockin, Georgia Power Company

Education & Workforce

Chair: Brandon Hembree, Massey, Bowers, Watson & Hembree, LLC
Vice Chair: Graham Thompson, Thompson Victory Group

Environment & Natural Resources

Chair: Sister Ward, Southern Company Gas
Vice-Chair: Marisa Simpson, Southern Company Gas

Federal Affairs

Chair: Jay Morgan, J.L. Morgan Company
Vice Chair: Meredith Weaver, Melvin Weaver Consulting

Health Care

Chair: Brandon Reese, WellStar Health System, Inc.
Vice Chair: Ashley Groome, McGuireWoods Consulting

Law & Judiciary

Chair: Boyd Pettit, GeorgiaLink Public Affairs Group
Vice Chair: Julie Windom, Navicent Health

Tourism & Travel

Chair: Kevin Perry, Georgia Beverage Association
Vice-Chair: Michael Wall, Comcast

Transportation & Infrastructure

Chair: Frank Morris, UPS
Vice Chair: Ragen Marsh, Troutman Sanders Strategies

Georgia Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Staff

270 Peachtree Street, NW
Suite 2200
Atlanta, Georgia 30303-1240
Fax: (404) 223-2290

David Raynor
Senior Vice President, Public Affairs
(404) 223-2267

Kyle Jackson
Vice President, State & Political Affairs
(404) 223-2270

Cosby Johnson
Sr. Government Affairs Manager
(404) 223-2285

Chelsey Ruppersburg 
State and  Political Affairs Manager
(404) 223-2479

Alexandra Coffey 
Government and Political Affairs Coordinator
(404) 223-2263

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