Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen will be the keynote speaker at the Democratic Party of Georgia's 2009 Jefferson-Jackson Dinner, the party announced today. The dinner will be held in Atlanta on Tuesday, May 12 at 5:30 p.m.
Bredesen was inaugurated as Tennessee's 48th governor in 2003, running on a platform of accountability and open government. During his first year in office, Bredesen threw open the doors to administrative budget hearings, allowing taxpayers to see for the first time the decisions that are made on how their money is spent. The Governor also established the toughest ethics rules in the history of Tennessee's executive branch. During his first term, Bredesen reformed Tennessee's worker compensation system and invested in programs to recruit new industry and jobs to Tennessee.
"We 're excited to have a strong Democratic Southern Governor to deliver our keynote address this year," said Democratic Party of Georgia Chair Jane Kidd. "As we build our infrastructure and prepare to elect a Democratic governor in Georgia next year, Governor Bredesen is an example of where we can go as a state with Democratic leadership."
The Jefferson-Jackson Dinner is the Democratic Party of Georgia's premier annual fundraising event. This year's dinner will be held at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta on Tuesday, May 12. In addition to Governor Bredesen's keynote address, the party will continue it's tradition of honoring two outstanding homegrown Democratic statespersons with its "Georgia Giant" awards. This year's honorees are Former Governor Carl Sanders and Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin.