Minority Leader Charles Clay (R-37)
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Charles Commander (Chuck) Clay of Marietta was first elected to the state Senate from the 37th District in 1988 and is now serving in his fifth term.
Clay, a Republican, is the Senate Minority Leader. He is vice-chairman of the Banking and Financial Institutions Committee and a member of the influential Appropriations and Rules Committees. He also serves on the Ethics and Judiciary Committees and is chairman of the General Assembly's World Congress Center Overview Committee. He was a member of the Senate Study Committee on Local Education Finance Review.
The Marietta lawmaker has been in the forefront of successful efforts to strengthen Georgia's anti-DUI laws. He has also pushed for legislation to require divorcing parents to attend a special seminar aimed at easing their children's emotional stress.
In addition, Clay has introduced legislation that would allow access to certain juvenile records by school officials to help identify potentially dangerous students. He has sponsored legislation that would protect employers in the area of education, health care, and child care from law suits by employees.
Clay is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of North Carolina and earned his law degree from the University of Georgia. A practicing attorney, he is a partner in the law firm of Brock & Clay, P.C.
He is a member of the Marietta Kiwanis Club, the Cobb Landmark Society, a graduate of Leadership Cobb, a member of the Advisory Board for Cobb Justice Foundation, North Central Georgia Police Academy, and the Open Gate Child Abuse Center, and a member of the Board of Directors for Friends of Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park and the University of Georgia Law School Association. Clay is a recipient of the Distinguished Service Award, 1992-93 by the Georgia Middle School Association and the Outstanding Legislator Award by the Georgia Council on Aging.
Clay is a former assistant DA for Cobb County and served on the Cobb County Commission from 1986-88. He is the grandson of the late Gen. Lucius D. Clay who engineered the Berlin Airlift, and is the great grandson of United States Senator A.S. Clay, whose portrait hangs outside the Senate Chamber and whose statue stands in the Marietta City Square.
Clay is married to the former Sara Murphree. He has one daughter, Erin and attends St. James Episcopal Church in Marietta, where he teaches sixth grade Sunday School.
The 37th Senatorial District which Clay represents includes portions of Cobb and Cherokee Counties.