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The Officers of the Democratic Party of Georgia were elected to four-year terms on January 31, 2015
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. On January 31, 2015, Porter was reelected to serve a full term as Chairman.
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.
Sarah Todd is the current Chair of the Newton County Democratic Party and the immediate past Chair of the 4th Congressional District, making her well equipped to be the Vice Chair of Congressional District Chairs and County Party Liaison.
A lifelong Democrat, her involvement with the party spans decades. She has won numerous awards for her commitment to the party and her volunteer work in her community, including the Democratic Party of Georgia’s Speaker Tom Murphy Lifetime Achievement Award and the Newton County NAACP Achievement of Excellence for Political Representation Award.
Although born in Jefferson City, MO, Sarah’s family moved to Georgia when she was six years old. She is a graduate of Newton County High School in Covington, GA and Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, GA. Sarah currently resides in Covington with her husband, Brian, and their son, Carter. Outside of politics, Sarah’s two greatest passions are volunteering at Carter’s school, where she is a substitute teacher and a very active board member of the PTO, and advocating for and raising autism awareness. You can find Sarah on Facebook here.
Rep. Pedro Marin was elected to the GA General Assembly in 2002, serving now his 7th term. He is also serving his 2nd full term as the Vice Chair for Constituency Groups with the DPG. He possesses over 25 years of executive experience in both the private and non-profit sector and, as the highest ranking Latino Democrat in Georgia, is committed to being a voice for justice, opportunity, and equality for all people. Pedro has facilitated countless intercultural relation programs to educate people about the immigrants, and his work has been critical in discrediting stereotypes, erasing ignorance, and easing tensions which arise when people are adverse to change. Pedro has also led numerous community organizing efforts to register voters, protect immigrants from unfair treatment, and raise awareness about health disparities.
At just 31 years of age, Ted Terry is the youngest Mayor in the City of Clarkston’s History and second youngest in Georgia — but he’s no newcomer to politics. As a Georgia Democratic Party staffer, Ted trained canvassers and candidates for GOTV efforts during the 2008 election cycle, including for Barack Obama’s first presidential campaign. Ted has participated in federal, state and local government and political issues since he was 17 years old. His main goal as Vice Chair of Candidate Recruitment is to train, recruit and energize the next generation of Democratic candidates at all levels of government in Georgia.
Stephanie Woods Miller is the Secretary of the Democratic Party of Georgia. Ms. Miller is a lifelong Democrat who has previously worked as a staffer for the Democratic Party of Georgia, the Democratic National Committee and has been elected as a Delegate to the 2008 Convention in Denver as well as the 2012 Convention in Charlotte. She is the immediate past Chairwoman of the 8th Congressional District.
Attorney Stephanie Woods Miller serves as the Chief Deputy Clerk of Bibb County Superior Court Clerk’s Office in Macon, Georgia. On January 7, 2013 Ms. Miller was sworn in as the first African American, as well as the youngest person, to hold the office of Chief Deputy Clerk.
Prior to accepting her current position, Ms. Miller was the founding attorney of the law firm of Woods-Miller & Associates, LLC which specialized in consumer bankruptcy, small business establishment and development and a wide range of civil and litigation matters. Ms. Miller is active in her community and committed to increasing civic engagement and participation. Stephanie is an active member of the State Bar of Georgia, the Macon Bar Association, National League of Cities, National Association of Court Management, Georgia Council of Court Administrators, and Women Impacting Public Policy.
After being nominated by Congressman Sanford Bishop, Ms. Miller was confirmed as a member of the Georgia State Advisory Committee of the United States Commission on Civil Rights. She continues to serve her community as a board member of the United Way of Central Georgia, a member of the Macon Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and the House of Hope Macon Church.
Attorney Stephanie Woods Miller is a graduate of Florida A&M University-B.S.-Business Administration, Tulane Law School-Juris Doctorate and Wesleyan College-MBA.
You can follow Stephanie on Twitter here.
Kip Carr is the Treasurer of the Democratic Party of Georgia. Kip has served in numerous leadership roles within the Democratic Party including serving as a member of the West Virginia State Democratic Executive Committee in the early 1990s. More recently, Kip served as Chair of the 5th Congressional District and 4th Vice Chair of the Fulton County Democratic Party. Kip was a delegate to the State Democratic Convention in 1998, 2002, 2010 & 2014.
Kip was elected three times as Secretary of the Georgia State NAACP Conference, was appointed to the Fulton County Millennium Initiative Commission and currently serves on the Fulton County Board of Zoning Appeals. He was elected Foreperson on the Fulton County Grand Jury for the Fall, 2009 term.
He has been recognized in every edition of Who’s Who among African Americans since 1995, and has been listed on the Notable Kentucky African American database of the University of Kentucky since 1999. Kip was recognized in the 2014 publication of Who’s Who in Black Atlanta.
Kip is the managing partner of his own government relations firm, and lists City of Union City, GA among his previous clients. Kip served for more than 10 years as part of Fulton County’s Legislative Team, where he held the distinction of being the only county employee in the State of Georgia who was assigned full time to work at the Georgia General Assembly.
Kip was raised in Bowling Green, Kentucky and Harpers Ferry, West Virginia. Kip studied history at Shepherd University and public relations at Western Kentucky University.
Kip lives in Fulton County and is a member of the Buckhead Church.
Find Kip on Facebook here.