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Lawmakers wife leads spouse group
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Olivia Deal, left, stands with Georgia First Lady Sandra Deal. - photo by Photo provided.

Olivia Williams of Midway, the wife of Democratic Rep. Al Williams, was selected as the 2015 chairwoman of the spouses of the General Assembly and Constitutional Offices of Georgia. Olivia Williams has been active in the organization since her husband was sworn into office in January 2003.
As the chairwoman, Williams is responsible for identifying, scheduling and coordinating events for the spouses to attend when the General Assembly is in session. The events give spouses the opportunity to bring information to their legislators as resources for the communities that they serve. The schedule includes tours and “lunch and learn” sessions at Georgia landmarks and points of interest throughout the state.  
During this session, the Legislative and Constitutional Spouses schedule included a tour of the Governor’s Mansion and lunch with first lady Sandra Deal.
Deal announced the kickoff of Read Across Georgia Month for March. The campaign promotes childhood literacy and achieving the goal of all Georgia third-graders reading at grade level or better by the end of third grade. Deal presented each spouse with a signed children’s book. She encouraged them to visit local schools and read to children across Georgia. Most books also will be signed by the spouses.
The spouses have toured Cancer Treatment Centers of America, Center for Civil and Human Rights Museum, and College Football Hall of Fame. They received a behind-the-scenes tour of Triple Horse Studios and the Federal Reserve Bank and Money Museum. They will travel to Fox Vineyards and Winery, which offers a variety of wines with “distinct character” that are made on-site. Guided tours of the Atlanta Braves Museum and Hall of Fame and the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum also are scheduled.  
Williams retired from the federal service after 35 years. When the General Assembly is not in session, she spends time serving her church, traveling with her husband and making poundcakes.
She serves on the board of the Tri-County Protection Agency and is active in the Zion Baptist Association.

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