Senate Profiles
Senator Ed Harbison (D-15)
Legislative Office Building / Room 305 / Atlanta, GA 30334
P.O. Box 1292 / Columbus, GA 31902
Capitol District Fax
(404) 656-0074 (706) 687-3899
Bio Info Legislation
Committee Assignments
Chairman Senate Defense & Veterans Affairs (D&VA)
Secretary Senate Banking & Financial Institutions (B&FI)
Secretary Senate Insurance & Labor (I&L)
Secretary Senate Reapportionment (Reapp)
Member Senate Appropriations (App)
Member Senate Ethics (Ethics)
Member Senate Health & Human Services (H&HS)
Counties Represented
1 Chattahoochee County
2 Muscogee County

Biographical Information

Ed Harbison of Columbus was elected to the Senate from the Columbus area's 15th District in 1992 and is now beginning his third term as one of the Senate's busiest members.

A Democrat, Harbison is chairman of the Senate Defense and Veterans Affairs Committee. He was named chairman of the panel during his freshman term, a rare legislative distinction.

Harbison is also a member of the Reapportionment Committee and a member of the prestigious Appropriations and Banking and Financial Institutions Committees. He also serves as secretary on the Insurance & Labor Committee.

In addition to his standing committee posts, Harbison served as a member of the Senate Defense Conversion Strategies Study Committee which explored new uses for military bases in the state which might be closed in the future. He chaired the Senate Eviction Law Study Committee and served on the Joint Senate-House Study Committee on Certificate of Need Health Care Facilities. He also serves on the Policy Committee of the Senate Democratic Caucus.

During the 1994 General Assembly, Harbison successfully steered legislation through the Senate to give the Governor the authority to order the Georgia National Guard to assist state law enforcement agencies in anti-drug efforts.

Prior to his election to the Senate, Harbison served as second vice-president of the Muscogee County School Board and was a member of the Columbus Charter Review Commission.

Born in Prattville, Alabama and raised in Montgomery, Harbison graduated from the Career Academy School of Broadcasting and attended Troy State University at Fort Benning. He served four years in the U.S. Marines.

Harbison is a public relations and advertising consultant and a broadcast journalist.

Active in the community, Harbison served on the Mayor's Committee for a Drug-Free Columbus; the Community Task force on Gangs; the Columbus Charter Review Committee; and the Columbus Cable TV Study Commission. He is a 1990 graduate of Leadership Columbus; a member of the A.J. McClung YMCA Board of Directors; and a former officer of the Georgia Association of Newscasters.

Harbison has been featured on NBC's "Dateline" news program regarding the death penalty, and has been quoted in USA Today on his opposition to a state redistricting plan.

Harbison has received a number of awards for his professional accomplishments and his community service including: the Dr. John W. Townsend Award for Broadcast Excellence; the Associated Press Annual Award for Best Regularly Scheduled TV Newscast; the PUSH Excellence Award for the Communications Field; and the Bambino League Award of Support. He was recently honored as one of the 50 Most Influential African Americans of Columbus.

He has also been honored by Alpha Kappa Alpha for his support of the Heritage Program and cited by the NAACP for a 1989 Radio-Thon.

He received the Columbus Times Newspaper Award for Outstanding Contributions to African-Americans; the Alabama Disabled American Veterans Certificate of Appreciation; and the U.S. Marine Corps Appreciation Award. He also received the UPI Pacemaker Award for writing, editing and narrating "The Dreamer's Dream: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr."

Sen. Harbison was honored as Legislator of the Year for 1994 by the Georgia Pharmacy Association for his efforts to improve the quality of health care in the state. He is also the recipient of the Progressive Mens Club's prestigious Man of the Year Award for 1994.

Harbison and his wife, Cecilia, are the parents of two children, Edward and Ladena.

The 15th District, which Harbison represents, includes portions of Muscogee County and all of Chattahoochee County.

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