Senator Donald Cheeks (D-23)
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|3047 Walton Way / Augusta, GA 30909|
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|Chairman||Senate Retirement (Ret)|
|Vice-Chairman||Senate Transportation (Trans)|
|Member||Senate Appropriations (App)|
|Member||Senate Banking & Financial Institutions (B&FI)|
|Member||Senate Natural Resources (NatR)|
|Member||Senate Reapportionment (Reapp)|
Don Cheeks of Augusta was first elected to the Georgia Senate from the 23rd District in 1992 and is now serving in his third term.
Cheeks, a Democrat, is chairman of the Retirement Committee and vice-chairman of the Transportation Committee. He also serves on the prestigious Appropriations Committee as well as the Reapportionment and Banking and Financial Institutions Committees.
In addition to his standing committee assignments, Cheeks also served on the Senate Defense Conversion Strategies Study Committee which was created to recommend new uses for Georgia military bases which might be closed as a part of defense cutbacks.
He currently represents Georgia on the Transportation Committee of the Southern Legislative Conference (SLC) and is a member of the Senate Democratic Caucus' Policy Committee.
Cheeks is the author of consumer protection legislation which requires companies that distribute promotional literature in the state to specify clearly that they are, in fact, "promotional," and to print the odds of winning on the outside of the envelope.
Prior to his election to the Senate, Cheeks served in the Georgia House of Representatives for 18 years. He was also a member of the Augusta City Council for six years.
Cheeks, a retired businessman, is an active community leader. He is a former chairman of the Jaycees, a past-president and district lieutenant governor of the Civitan Club, and a former director of the Augusta Richmond County Public Library. He has also been active in the March of Dimes, Muscular Dystrophy Association, National Intercollegiate Athletic Association, the United Fund and the Elks Club Charity Committee.
He is a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, and the Young Men's Library Association and is an honorary member of the Richmond County Retired Teachers Association. He sponsored Little League Baseball teams for 30 years.
Born May 1, 1931 in Richmond County, Cheeks attended the Citadel, the University of Georgia, and Augusta Law School. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War.
Cheeks and his wife, the former Betty Horne are the parents of two grown daughters. They are members of the Curtis Baptist Church where Senator Cheeks has served on the finance committee and as chairman of the church school.
The 23rd District which Cheeks represents includes portions of Richmond, Jefferson and Columbia Counties.