The 2011 Legislative Session Begins

January 28, 2011

The People’s Business By President Pro Tempore Tommie Williams January 28, 2011 Despite an icy start to this year’s Legislative Session, the Georgia General Assembly has hit the ground running. This year we welcome a new governor, who I look forward to working with as the legislature and executive branch develop a cooperative plan for […]


Lawmakers visit Liberty County

December 30, 2010

The Coastal Courier Hollie Barnidge Managing Editor The 2011 Georgia legislative session is expected to be one of the toughest in recent years, but Sen. Buddy Carter, R-Pooler, is eager to tackle the budget deficit and other challenges. Carter, who represents District 159, and Senate President Pro Tempore Tommie Williams, R-Lyons, attended a reception […]


Georgia Ports Authority Posts Double-Digit Growth for November

December 19, 2010

Port of Savannah Distribution Center announcement will bring 100 new jobs by 2011 Savannah, Ga. – December 20, 2010 – Georgia Ports Authority’s (GPA) Executive Director Curtis J. Foltz announced today the GPA experienced growth in November 2010, which is consistent with the double-digit growth rates that have been experienced since December 2009. The Port […]


Sen. Williams named to School Superintendent Transition Team

December 6, 2010

ATLANTA (December 6, 2010) – Senate President Pro Tempore Tommie Williams (R-Lyons) has been named to State School Superintendent-Elect Dr. John Barge’s transition team. “Georgia’s educators are one of the most important assets to the future of our children and state, and I’m confident that Dr. Barge will be a champion for our teachers. As […]


Thanksgiving in Georgia

November 21, 2010

By President Pro Tempore Tommie Williams November 19, 2010 The Thanksgiving holiday reminds us that true riches come from the love and support of friends and family, a strong faith, and the privilege it is to be an American and a Georgian. If you can count these among your blessings, you have much to be […]


Growing Jobs and Increasing Productivity

November 12, 2010

Georgia is open for business and will remain that way as long as we continue to encourage investment and productivity. During times of economic downturns and declining revenues, you will hear a variety of suggestions on how to turn around the economy. Some of these suggestions can incentivize investment and growth, while others will discourage […]


Balanced Budget; the Key to Good Government

October 21, 2010

The People’s Business By President Pro Tempore Tommie Williams October 22, 2009 While I often quote our founding fathers for their wisdom in creating a Constitution of almost divine qualities, there is one glaring issue that they overlooked. They should have required a balanced budget or at the very least limited debt except in time […]


Sen. Williams, Entrepreneurs Tour GT Solar Startup

October 10, 2010

On Friday, October 1st, a delegation of Georgia Tech guests learned firsthand how the Institute takes science and technology research from the lab bench to the marketplace. Accompanied by President and Mrs. Peterson, Georgia State Senate President Pro Tem Tommie Williams (R-Lyons) and three entrepreneurs from South Georgia toured Suniva, a solar startup born from […]


Constitutional Amendments on the November Ballot

September 21, 2010

The People’s Business By President Pro Tempore Tommie Williams September 17, 2010 Our state and national constitutions are the foundations upon which our government was established. While the Constitution is a blueprint for how the government is organized, it also defines and protects the rights and liberties of individuals. That’s why the process to change […]


Georgia Officially Joins Lawsuit Challenging the Federal Healthcare Reform Act

May 15, 2010

ATLANTA – Governor Sonny Perdue announced today that Georgia has officially joined 19 other states in challenging the federal healthcare reform act when the amended complaint was filed today. The amended complaint now features 20 state plaintiffs and two individual plaintiffs; additionally, the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) joined the lawsuit as a co-plaintiff […]