Monday, November 30, 2009

Just who is Democrat Rob Teilhet?

Rob Teilhet (pronounced tuh-lay) has represented Smyrna and Marietta in the Georgia House of Representatives since his election in 2002 at the age of 28. In his four terms in the legislature, he has earned the respect of Democrats, Republicans and independents for his hard work, honesty, and integrity.

Rob has a well-deserved reputation as a tough-on-crime legislator and a reliable supporter of law enforcement and crime victims as a member of the House Judiciary Committee. Rob passed legislation to expand background checks on people who work with children, the elderly and people with disabilities and has consistently supported tougher penalties for criminals and stronger protection for victims.

Rob is widely known as the strongest voice in the General Assembly for protecting Georgians from rip-offs and con artists. He's passed several laws that protect Georgians from identity theft, led the fight to stop the legalization of payday lending, and sponsored legislation to eliminate fraud in refund anticipation loans, marketed as “instant tax refunds.” Rob was named "Democrat of the Year" in 2007 by the Cobb County Democratic Committee and a “Friend of the Consumer” by Georgia Watch in honor of his work to protect Georgians from identity theft, predatory lending, and consumer fraud.

He's been named one of Georgia's Most Influential People by James Magazine and a "Star to Watch" by the National Journal's Hotline.

A fighter for Georgia families, Rob has received awards for his legislative work from, among others, the Cobb County Association of Educators, Georgia Family Council, Georgia Psychological Association, Georgia Municipal Association, and the Georgia Water Coalition.

Rob has deep roots in his community. He serves on the board of the Georgia Network to End Sexual Assault and was named by the State Bar of Georgia to serve on its Lawyer Advertising Task Force. He serves on the advisory committee of the Cobb Literacy Council. In September of 2007 he joined the Executive Committee of the Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education, a non-profit group of business and community leaders committed to increasing student achievement in Georgia schools. He's a member of the Leadership Georgia Class of 2009, and a block captain for his local neighborhood watch.

Rob's record of public service spans more than sixteen years. In 1993, while a student at the University of Georgia, he helped to establish and operate a pre-school program for disadvantaged youth. He was a member of Leadership UGA, a Richard B. Russell Fellowship program promoting life-long leadership and community service. He also was a member of the Arch Society, which awarded him the distinguished Fred Brown Award on the basis of his leadership skills, campus involvement, and commitment to the University.

Rob earned both his undergraduate and law degree from the University of Georgia. At the UGA School of Law, Rob was elected President of the Class of 2000 and worked with the Consumer Law Center of the South as an advocate fighting consumer fraud.

Rob got his first taste of the legislature in 1997, when he served as an administrative aide to the Georgia Senate. Taking that job proved to be one of the best decisions of his life because this was where he met his wife, Heather, who was an intern for the Senate at the same time.

Rob and Heather now have twin toddler daughters, and live in Smyrna. Rob is a partner in the law firm of Rogers, Strimban & Teilhet in Marietta.
Besides the governor's race, the race for State Attorney General will be one of the most interesting races in Georgia. Others include Ken Hodges of Albany (D) & Republicans Sam Olens of Cobb County, Max Wood of Macon.

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