Senate Profiles
Senator Ralph David Abernathy, III (D-38)
Legislative Office Building / Room 301 / Atlanta, GA 30334
2785 Engle Road, NW / Atlanta, GA 30318
Capitol District Fax
(404) 656-0056 (404) 656-0056
Bio Info Legislation
Committee Assignments
Chairman Senate Interstate Cooperation (IntC)
Vice-Chairman Senate Insurance & Labor (I&L)
Vice-Chairman Senate Retirement (Ret)
Member Senate Appropriations (App)
Member Senate Rules (Rules)
Counties Represented
1 Cobb County
2 Fulton County


Biographical Information

Ralph David Abernathy III of Atlanta was first elected to the state Senate from the Atlanta area's 38th District in 1992 and is now serving in his third term.

Abernathy, a Democrat, is vice-chairman of the Senate Retirement Committee and serves on the powerful Rules and Appropriations Committees. He is vice-chairman of the Insurance and Labor Committee and is also chairman of the Interstate Cooperation Committee.

In addition to his standing committee appointments, Abernathy is a member of the Legislative Black Caucus and the Policy Committee of the Senate Democratic Caucus. He is a former chairman of the Sunshine in Litigation Study Committee and also served on the Senate Electrology Study Committee.

Prior to his election to the Senate, Abernathy served four years in the state House of Representatives.

Since his election to the Senate, Abernathy has led efforts to change the state flag to the pre-1956 banner and has sponsored the Firearms Protection for Minors Act to protect children by requiring gun owners to keep their weapons out of reach of children.

Sen. Abernathy successfully sponsored landmark legislation in the 1994 General Assembly which requires that the classification of "multiracial" be included on all school, employment and state agency forms requiring racial data in the State of Georgia.

During the 1996 session, Abernathy successfully authored legislation which guarantees grandchild visitation rights for grandparents in situations involving divorce and custody disputes.

Born March 19, 1959 in Montgomery, Alabama, Abernathy earned a degree in English and Linguistics from Morehouse College in 1981. He is owner and chairman of the board of Clean Air Industries, a company that manufactures and installs converters that enable cars and trucks to run on natural gas.

Active in community affairs, Senator Abernathy is a member of the board of directors of Consumer Credit Counseling Services and the board of directors of Big Brothers/Big Sisters. He also serves on the Aquarium at Underground Advisory Committee.

Abernathy and his wife, Annette, are the parents of a son, Ralph David, IV, and a daughter, Christiana.

The 38th District which Abernathy represents includes portions of northwest Atlanta and Cobb County.



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