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Magazine lists Williams 'most influential'
Al Williams Mag
State Rep. Al Williams
ATLANTA— State Rep. Al Williams (D-Midway), chairman of the Georgia Legislative Black Caucus (GLBC), has been recognized among the “Most Influential Georgians of the Year” in the third annual listing published by James magazine.
“I am humbled by this recognition,” Williams said. “Joining such a distinguished list of Georgia leaders is a tremendous honor.”
Williams was elected in December 2006 as chairman of the GLBC, the largest state organization of African American legislators in the U.S., signaling a strengthened effort by the caucus to expand its influence outside Atlanta and other metropolitan areas into all parts of the state.
Williams was re-elected to his third term in the House of Representatives in November 2006, with 67.5 percent of the vote. He represents the 165th District (Liberty County) and serves on the House Economic Development and Tourism, State Institutions and Property and Game, Fish and Parks committees. He has previously served as chairman of the Industry and Economic Development Committee of the GLBC.
In addition to his legislative responsibilities, his memberships also include the National Association of State Legislators, the National Association of Black State Legislators and the Georgia Association of Black Elected Officials.
Williams was educated in the Liberty County School System, later studying at St. Leo University in Florida and John Marshall Law School. He also served his country in Vietnam.
At a young age, Williams helped organize the Young Democrats of Georgia, serving as its first black national committeeman. He served as a political adviser and session aide to Zell Miller and to the late Sen. Glenn Bryant.
Williams also serves on the Liberty County Development Authority.
The list of Most Influential Georgians of the Year was determined by the editorial board of James magazine, Insider Advantage and the Internet News Agency.
Honorees include “men and women whose hard-earned successes and sometimes failures influence the lives of people in every corner of the Peach State,” according to James, a monthly publication featuring Georgia politics and government.
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