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The Officers of the Democratic Party of Georgia were elected to four-year terms on January 29, 2011
DuBose Porter is the current Chairman of the Democratic Party of Georgia and served as a member of the Georgia House of Representatives from 1982 to 2011. He served as Speaker Pro Tem in the House from 1998 through 2004 and Minority Leader from 2005 to 2011.
DuBose Porter, born in Dublin, Laurens County, Georgia, is the son of Dr. Lester and Katherine D. Porter. From a young age, Porter was active in his community. He earned his Eagle Scout Badge in 1970. He was a co-President of his Senior high school class at Dublin High School, where he graduated in 1971. He attended Davidson College in Davidson, North Carolina, where he received a B.A. in English in 1975.
After college, Porter interned in Washington, D. C., for Georgia Senator Sam Nunn where he decided to go to law school so that he could one day become a public servant and help others just as he saw Sen. Nunn was able to do. He attended and graduated from Cumberland Law School at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. After law school, Porter returned to his hometown and formed the law firm of Nelson & Porter. In 1982 he decided to run for the legislature and won.
DuBose has four sons, also Eagle Scouts, Stephen DuBose Porter, Jr., Guyton McCall Porter, and twins, Asa Shearouse Porter and Inman Lee Porter.
In 1987, Porter and Griffin Lovett purchased The Courier Herald, the daily newspaper in Dublin. Porter is Chairman of the Board of the publishing company and runs the business side of the company daily. In 1998, Porter and Lovett purchased The Soperton News, The Montgomery Monitor, and The Wheeler County Eagle. In 2002, they purchased The Johnson Journal, The Twiggs Times New Era and The Cochran Journal. In 2004, they purchased The Wilkinson County Post and in 2006 they purchased The Baldwin Bulletin. Porter is the business manager of these nine publications. Since 1987, Porter also has been a stockholder and member of the Board of Directors of the Bank of Dudley.
In 1991 and 1992, he served as Administration Floor Leader in the House of Representatives to Governor Zell Miller. In January 2003, Porter was elected Speaker Pro Tempore of the House of Representatives. Porter served on the Agriculture & Consumer Affairs, Appropriations, Ethics, and Rules Committees. In January 2005, he was elected Leader of the Democratic Caucus of the House of Representatives.
Porter is a former Trustee for the Nature Conservancy of Georgia, former member of Board of Trustees and The Board of Advisors of The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation. He is the former President of the Georgia Press Association and of the Georgia Library Trustees Association and served as a member of Governor Miller’s Preservation 2000 Committee. He has served as Chairman of Education as well as Chairman of Higher Education.
He was a member of the 1985 class of Leadership Georgia. He is a member of the Dublin Rotary Club. He is also a member of the University of Georgia Secret Society, Gridiron.
On August 31, 2013, Porter was elected Chairman of the Democratic Party of Georgia.
Nikema Williams is the First Vice Chair of the Democratic Party of Georgia. Over the past decade, she has served in numerous leadership roles within the Democratic Party including serving as a member of the Democratic National Committee, Chair of the 13th Congressional District and 1st Vice Chair of the Fulton County Democratic Party. Nikema represented Georgia as a delegate to the 2008 and 2012 Democratic National Convention.
Nikema got her start in Georgia politics with the Young Democrats. She served as the National Committee Woman for the Young Democrats of Georgia as well as the Deputy Director of the Southeast Region for the Young Democrats of America. In recognition of her work to engage more young people in Democratic politics, she was named Georgia Young Democratic of the year in 2009 and received the 2009 Future is Now Young Leader award from the Young Democrats of Atlanta. Nikema also serves on the Board of Governors for Red Clay Democrats.
The Apex Society designated her as one of their Power 30 under 30 in the field of politics for 2008. She is an alumnus of Leadership Atlanta’s LEAD class of 2009 and a 2009 graduate of Yale University’s Women’s Campaign School. She was also recognized in the 2009 and 2010 publication of Who’s Who in Black Atlanta as a community leader. She was honored in 2010, by Outstanding Atlanta, the city’s premiere honor for community involvement. Nikema was named one the Women of Influence for 2011 by the Atlanta Business League. Nikema was a 2013 New Leaders Council Fellow, an organization dedicated to training and promoting the next generation of progressive political entrepreneurs.
In 2011, Nikema was appointed to the Advisory Board of SCLC W.O.M.E.N. Inc, by founder, Mrs. Evelyn G. Lowery. SCLC Women, INC is a civil rights group dedicated to offering intergenerational programs designed to empower women, girls, and families as they relate to human rights, social action, economic self-sufficiency, reduction of health disparities, and leadership to build strong families and communities.
Nikema most recently served professionally as the Vice President of Public Policy for Planned Parenthood Southeast, Inc. Nikema served as the primary contact with key community leaders, coalition partners and elected officials building a long term public policy, legislative, and community engagement program for reproductive healthcare throughout Alabama, Georgia, and Mississippi. She also served as the Vice President of Planned Parenthood Southeast Advocates, the affiliated political arm of Planned Parenthood Southeast.
Born in Columbus, Georgia, Nikema was raised nearby in Smiths, Alabama. She attended Talladega College, a private liberal arts HBCU in Talladega, Alabama and is an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. She is married to Mr. Leslie Small, and they reside in Historic Westside Village in Atlanta with their two rescue Yorkshire Terriers, Ginger and Belle. Nikema and Leslie are members of Central United Methodist Church in Atlanta.
RJ Hadley is the Rockdale County Tax Commissioner and a graduate of Dartmouth College. He was a delegate to the 2008 Democratic National Convention and a long serving member of the Rockdale County Democratic Party. In 2010, Hadley sought the Democratic Party’s nomination for U.S. Senate in Georgia. Find RJ on facebook and learn more about him at wikipedia.org.
Rep. Pedro Marin possesses over 25 years of executive experience in both the private and non-profit sector and is the highest ranking Latino Democrat in Georgia. He is committed to being a voice for justice, opportunity, and equality for all people. Pedro Marin is truly a public servant. Pedro was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico to a family steeped in Puerto Rican politics. While working for Persol, North America, in San Juan, he transferred with his company to Georgia. Upon arriving to Gwinnett County, Pedro immediately recognized the need to build relationships with community and government leaders due to the emergence of a growing Latino community in the metro Atlanta area. In 2002, Pedro made history by being one of the first Latinos ever elected to the Georgia General Assembly. Find Pedro on facebook and learn more about him at his website.
Miguel Camacho is a long term resident of Georgia with strong political passions for our great state and our country. He is a veteran of the Georgia National Guard and has been an active member of the Democratic party since high school. Miguel’s long history of service led him to play a prominent role as a Deputy Field Organizer in the 2008 Presidential Election. In 2008, Miguel was appointed as an At-Large Delegate-Alternate for the Obama campaign and was elected to the DPG’s State Committee. In 2010, as the Chairman of Candidate Recruitment for Chatham County Democrats, Miguel implemented the DPG’s 2010 election strategy of running a viable Democrat against every Republican incumbent. Chatham was one of only a few county parties to successfully carry out this strategy. Due to these efforts, CCDC was a recipient of the GADCC’s 2010 President’s Award. Miguel has a degree in management and currently manages a program construction management firm. You can find Miguel on facebook here.
Laverne Lewis Gaskins is an attorney and is the Secretary and Deputy General Counsel for the Democratic Party of Georgia. She was elected to serve as Delegate (District 1) for the 2008 Democratic National Convention.
She is a former member of the Board of Governors for the State Bar of Georgia. She serves on Florida State University College of Law Alumni Board of Directors, is a member of the Valdosta Rotary and a graduate of Leadership Lowndes, Class 2003. A 2010 Fulbright grant recipient, Ms. Gaskins has received numerous awards and recognitions including the 2009, Justice Benham Award for Community Service, State Bar Georgia. Find Laverne on facebook here.
Sen. Lester Jackson was first elected to the state legislature in 1998. He was soon awarded Georgia’s Freshman Legislator of the Year for his strong service promoting and protecting Democratic values. He is a lifelong resident of Savannah and has received the Savannah Community Service Award for his work on tax reform in Chatham County. A US Navy veteran and a life member of the NAACP, Senator Jackson is a Savannah family dentist. He was elected Treasurer on Saturday, June 16 by unanimous vote.