Georgia Chamber Announces 2021 ‘Legislators of the Year’

Caption: Leaders from the Georgia Chamber Government Affairs Council congratulate the 2021 Legislators of the Year. L to R: Kevin Perry, Ga Beverage Assoc., Brandon Reese, Wellstar Health System, Rep. Shaw Blackmon, Sen. Ben Watson, Rep. Stan Gunter and David Raynor, Georgia Chamber.

June 10, 2021 – Atlanta, Ga  – The Georgia Chamber of Commerce has announced its 2021 Legislators of the Year awards. These awards are given to those elected officials who focus their legislative efforts on enacting policies that promote economic development and job creation throughout the state. These legislators are voted on by the Executive Committee of the Georgia Chamber’s Government Affairs Council (GAC), the body that determines the organization’s legislative agenda, and directs the positions the organization takes on specific legislation.

Each year, the Georgia Chamber awards one state Senate member, one state House member and one freshman legislator as the Legislators of the Year. This year’s recipients are Senator Ben Watson (Savannah), Representative Shaw Blackmon (Bonaire), and Representative Stan Gunter (Blairsville), respectively.

Senator Ben Watson stated, “Throughout my tenure in the State Senate, I have held my relationship with the Georgia Chamber and the business community in the highest regard. I’m honored to receive this esteemed award from an organization who understands the unique relationship that business and government must maintain to ensure our continued successes for our job creators, workforce and families alike.”

Representative Shaw Blackmon remarked, “I’m honored to be recognized as the House Legislator of the Year by the Georgia Chamber. It is crucial during this time of recovery that we focus on businesses and employers as the drivers of Georgia’s economy. I look forward to continuing to work with the Georgia Chamber to enact smart, flexible policy to help us recover and make our state more resilient.”

“I’m proud to be a pro-business, pro-jobs legislator, and I’m honored by this recognition,” said Representative Stan Gunter. “My priority will remain keeping our state healthy and safe while helping our Georgia businesses recover and grow stronger than ever. I look forward to the continued partnership with the Chamber and the business community to keep Georgia the number one state in which to do business for years to come.”

The Georgia Chamber congratulates this year’s award recipients and commends them for their dedication to their constituents and to our great state.

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