Senate Profiles
Senator Nadine Thomas (D-10)
Legislative Office Building / Room 304 / Atlanta, GA 30334
1375 Town Country Drive / Atlanta, GA 30316
Capitol District Fax
(404) 656-0078 (404) 212-1397
Bio Info Legislation
Committee Assignments
Vice-Chairman Senate Health & Human Services (H&HS)
Chairman Senate Interstate Cooperation (IntC)
Member Joint MARTA Overview Committee
Member Senate Appropriations (App)
Member Senate Reapportionment (Reapp)
Member Senate Retirement (Ret)
Member Senate Rules (Rules)
Counties Represented
1 DeKalb County


Biographical Information

Nadine Thomas of DeKalb County was elected in 1992 from metro Atlanta's newly-created 10th District to serve as the first African-American woman in the Georgia State Senate.

Thomas, a Democrat now in her third term, chairs the State and Local Government Operations Committee and is vice-chair of the Health and Human Services Committee. She also serves as secretary of the Interstate Cooperation Committee and is a member of the prestigious Appropriations Committee and the influential Rules and Reapportionment Committees.

Senator Thomas is also a member of the influential Senate Democratic Caucus Policy Committee and the joint Fiscal Affairs Committee, and serves on the Metro Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority Overview (MARTOC) Committee.

Prior to assuming leadership of the State and Local Government Operations Committee, Thomas chaired the Interstate Cooperation Committee. Her appointment to that post was also of historical significance because, at the time, no woman had chaired a standing Senate committee in some 40 years. It was also a rare distinction for a freshman Senator to head a standing committee.

In addition to her standing committee assignments, Thomas has chaired the Senate Study Committee on the Regulation of Tattooing and co-chaired the Joint Senate-House Regional Hospital Study Committee. She has also served on the Senate Study Committee on Year-Round Education, the Senate Study Committee on Local Education Finance Review and the Joint Commission on Legislative Information Management.

Senator Thomas has represented Georgia on the Human Resources Committee of the Southern Legislative Conference (SLC) and currently chairs the Children, Families and Health Committee of the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL). She was honored by the SLC in 1994 when it selected her as one of only 30 government leaders from around the nation to participate in the prestigious Toll Fellowship Program at the University of Kentucky.

Before her election to the Senate, Thomas served in the Georgia House of Representatives from 1990-92 where she authored HB 1487, a traffic safety measure.

During the 1996 session, Senator Thomas successfully sponsored the "Mother Newborn Protection Act" which requires insurers to provide coverage for a minimum hospital stay of at least two days following normal vaginal deliveries and four days following Caesarians births.

She also steered legislation through the Senate to create the Blue Ribbon Commission on the General Assembly which is considering ways to modernize the operations of Georgia's Senate and House.

Senator Thomas successfully sponsored legislation in the 1994 General Assembly which raises the age of consent for obtaining a tattoo.

She was voted "Freshman Legislator of the Year" by her legislative peers in the Black Caucus for her outstanding legislative efforts during her first year in the state House and recognized in 1994 by the Georgia Public Health Association as Legislator of the Year.

Thomas received Legislative Service Awards for 1995 from the Georgia Municipal Association and the Association of County Commissioners, as well as the National Association of Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention and Education Award. She has also been cited by he Georgia Medical Association, the Georgia Dietetic Association, the Primary Health Care Association, and Chi Eta Phi.

Born in Ft. Myers, Florida, Thomas graduated from Edison Community College with a nursing degree and later studied psychology at Georgia State University.

She is a registered nurse and is currently Director of Community Outreach for the Grady Health System in Atlanta. She is a member of both the Georgia Nurses Association and the American Nurses Association

Senator Thomas is a member of the State Commission on Racial and Ethnic Bias in the Court System and serves on the Boards of Directors of the Foundation for Medically Fragile Children and the Carrie Steele Pitts Home for Children. She is also a member of the Coalition of 100 Black Women of DeKalb County and has served on the Morehouse School of Public Health Advisory Council.

Senator Thomas is the mother of three daughters -- Doris, Dorothy and Nadia.

The 10th Senate District which she represents includes portions of DeKalb County.



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