Senator Floyd Griffin, Jr. (D-25)
|Legislative Office Building / Room 301 / Atlanta, GA 30334|
|P.O. Box 1430 / Milledgeville, GA 31061|
|(404) 656-0091||(912) 451-5428|
|Secretary||Senate Defense & Veterans Affairs (D&VA)|
|Member||Senate Health & Human Services (H&HS)|
|Member||Senate Higher Education (HEd)|
|Member||Senate Rules (Rules)|
Floyd L. Griffin, Jr., a Milledgeville Democrat, was first elected to the State Senate from middle Georgia's 25th District in 1994 and is now beginning his second term. Griffin's election to the Georgia Senate in 1994 made history, marking the first time in modern times that a black candidate won office in a rural, majority white legislative district in Georgia.
Senator Griffin is secretary of the Defense and Veterans Affairs Committee and serves on the Higher Education Committee. He is also a member of the influential Rules Committee and the Health and Human Services Committee. In addition, he serves on the Board of the Georgia Legislative Black Caucus and is a member of the Department of Community Affairs' Advisory Committee on Rural Development. Griffin also serves as a member of the Blue Ribbon Commission on the General Assembly of Georgia. He has also served on the Senate Study Committee on the Privatization of Governmental Services.
Since his election to the Senate, Griffin has worked for legislation to ensure the financial stability of Georgia's public schools and to guarantee that the General Assembly has a role in any decisions that are made regarding the privatization of state facilities or institutions.
Griffin is a U.S. Army veteran, retiring in 1990 with the rank of Colonel. During his 23-year military career, Griffin held a number of key positions. He served in Vietnam as a helicopter pilot and flight instructor and as commander of a construction engineer company. His Army career also included a tour of duty in Germany, serving as a Logistics Officer, Battalion Executive Officer and Director of Engineering and Housing.
From 1984-86 Griffin commanded an Engineering Battalion at Ft. Stewart, Georgia. He was assigned to the Pentagon from 1986-90.
Griffin's military service has also included stints as an educator. He was a Professor of Military Science at both Wake Forest University and Winston-Salem State University in North Carolina. While at Winston-Salem State, he also served as Director of ROTC and coached the offensive backfield on two undefeated championship teams. He was a part-time instructor with the University of Chicago's extension program in Germany. More recently, he served as Director of Facilities and Engineering at GMC and a part-time instructor at Georgia College in Milledgeville.
Griffin is a funeral director and is currently Vice-President of Slater's Funeral Home, owned and operated by the Griffin family.
Born May 24, 1944 in Milledgeville, Griffin holds an AS degree in Funeral Service from Gupton Jones College and a BS in Building Construction from Tuskeegee Institute. He earned a master's degree in Contract and Procurement Management from the Florida Institute of Technology and is also a graduate of the Army Command and General Staff College and the National War College.
Active in the community, Griffin is a member of the Rotary Club of Milledgeville, the Warren-Hawkins Post of the American Legion, the Milledgeville United Negro College Fund, the National War College Alumni Association, the Baldwin County NAACP, the Milledgeville Chamber of Commerce, and the Prince Hall Free and Accepted Masons.
Griffin serves on the Boards of the Central State Hospital Foundations, Inc., the Milledgeville Evening Optimist Club, the Baldwin County Council on Substance Abuse and the Milledgeville-Baldwin County Rape Crisis Center. He also serves on the Milledgeville-Baldwin County Film Commission, and the Milledgeville-Baldwin County Olympic Committee.
He is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Georgia College Intercollegiate Athletic Association and was chairman of the Search Committee for the Establishment of the Milledgeville-Baldwin County Human Relations Commission.
He is a life member of the Omega Pi Phi Fraternity and has also been inducted into the Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity. He received the Milledgeville-Baldwin County Chamber of Commerce Community Service Award in 1993 and was recently honored by the Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service with its Distinguished Service Award for the advancement of the funeral service profession.
Griffin and his wife, Nathalie Huffman Griffin, are the parents of two grown sons -- Brian and Eric. They have three grandchildren. The Griffin's are members of the Trinity CME Church.
The 25th Senatorial District includes Baldwin, Jasper, Putnam, Greene, Hancock, Morgan and Taliaferro Counties and most of Jones County.