Monday, April 27, 2009

Terry Coleman: What will he do?

I endorsed Colemen for AG Commissioner a while back. There has been alot of chatter that he won't seek the AG post, that he will seek the State Insurance Commissioner post instead. Either way, Coleman has experience in both areas, Agriculture & Insurance.

Here are some of his accomplishments:

Considered one of Georgia’s foremost authorities on state government, Terry Coleman spent 34 years in the General Assembly. Early on he was recognized as a rising star by House leadership and was named over time to chair important committees such as Public Safety, Natural Resources and the Environment, and Ways and Means. He spent a dozen years as Chairman of the powerful Appropriations Committee prior to being selected by his colleagues to serve as Speaker of the House.

Mr. Coleman maintains his varied interests and his commitment to good government as Deputy Commissioner for Agriculture with special emphasis on international trade, homeland security and legislative issues. He recently has been named to the Board of Trustees of Georgia Southern University. Beyond Georgia, he serves on the Board of The Tropics Foundation, whose mission is the financial stability of the Tropical Agricultural research and Higher Education Center located in Costa Rica.

A native of Dodge County, he has a BS in Criminal Justice from Brenau University and a JD from Woodrow Wilson College of Law. He has been awarded honorary degrees from Mercer University and the John Marshall School of Law.
He is a lifetime member of the Georgia Sheriffs’ Association, the Georgia Chiefs of Police Association and the Georgia Firefighters’ Association. He was a member of the Eastman Volunteer Fire Department for 23 years and an emergency medical technician for 15 years.

Coleman is founder of Coleman and Company Benefits, Inc. He is a Life and Qualifying Member of the Million Dollar Round Table, the life insurance industry’s most prestigious organization. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Bank of Dodge County and the Colony Bank Corporation.

Coleman and his wife Carol have two children and three grandchildren.

Now I could see him running for Attorney General, given his background in Criminal Justice. Just waht will he do? Only he knows.

1 comment:

RuralDem said...

Hey Keith,

I believe we exchanged emails quite a while back. Just found your site and I made a post about it over at my blog-section at Tondee's Tavern (

Just saying hey and keep up the great work. Nice to see another Conservative Georgia Democrat blogging.

To stay on topic, when Irvin hired Coleman a few years back as Deputy Agriculture Commissioner, rumors then were swirling that he was being groomed as Irvin's successor. Ever since then I have been hoping he'd jump in. Commissioner Irvin has been a giant in our great state and his decades of service are a testament to his ability to understand the concerns of everyday Georgians and his ability to relate and take care of our farmers.

I think someone mentioned before about Alan Powell possibly running. We need at least a centrist. In more liberal circles, Rand Knight's name is popping up, which would be a disaster.


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