2023 State of the State Democratic Response Text

State of the State

Democratic Response

By: Senate Minority Chair Elena Parent



I am Senator Elena Parent.

I am proud to serve my constituents in Senate District 42 and the people of the great state of Georgia as the Chairwoman of the Senate Democratic Caucus. It is truly an honor to work alongside my dedicated colleagues toward creating a better Georgia.… Read more

2022 Legislative Summary

In the 2022 Legislative Session, the Georgia Senate Democratic Caucus faced an onslaught of bills aimed at placating far-right voters. Rather than solving problems faced by ordinary Georgians, many bills seemed tailored to satisfy conspiracy theorists and internet culture warriors. Democratic efforts to expand Medicaid, raise the minimum wage, and uplift teachers and students who are suffering from pandemic fatigue and learning loss were once again stymied by GOP intransigence.… Read more

2021 Legislative Summary

In 2021 the Georgia General Assembly faced the uphill challenge of legislating during a pandemic. Limits on public access to the Capitol meant transparency was at an all time low, and this obstruction found its way into all levels of lawmaking in 2021. Early morning committee meetings, last minute bill changes, rushed hearings, and ultimately the Governor’s signing of bills in secret, all contributed to the sense that Democrats, and the people they represent, were not welcome to participate.… Read more