Clay Land, a Columbus Republican, was elected to the Senate from west Georgia's 16th District (which includes north Columbus, Harris, Talbot and Marion counties) in 1994.
Land is a member of the influential Appropriations and Judiciary Committees. He also serves on the Natural Resources and Reapportionment committees. He has also served as a member of the Georgia Future Communities Commission, the Senate Structured Sentencing Commission, the Child Support Review Commission, the Election Code Revision Committee, the Senate Study Committee on Privatization of Governmental Services, the Senate Study Committee on Foster Care and Adoption, and as chairman of the Senate Study Committee on Civil Justice Reform. Land has been recognized for his legislative contributions by various organizations, including the Outstanding Legislator Award from the Georgia Council on Aging, a Legislative Appreciation Award from the Georgia Municipal Association, and the Legislative Award from the Georgia Gerontology Society.
Land has sponsored a wide variety of legislation which has been enacted into law, including the 1996 law authorizing hefty fines against the City of Atlanta for its pollution of the Chattahoochee River, landmark education reform legislation expanding Georgia's charter school law, amendment of the expert affidavit statute, and privacy protection legislation restricting access to motor vehicle accident reports by ambulance chasing lawyers.
During the current term of the General Assembly, Land is the primary sponsor of several significant pieces of proposed legislation, including "The Early Hope Scholarship Act," which would provide scholarships to low income students attending chronically failing schools, Senate Bill 11, which would require violent felons to serve a minimum of 90% of their sentences before being eligible for parole; and The Wildlife Heritage Fund Act, which would help preserve Georgia's natural resources.
Before his election to the Senate, Land served on the Columbus City Council from 1993-1994.
Born March 24, 1960, Land grew up in Columbus. He graduated cum laude with a BBA and a law degree from the University of Georgia. A practicing attorney, he is a partner in the Columbus law firm of Buchanan & Land, LLP.
Active in professional and community affairs, Land has served as president of Leadership Columbus, chairman of the Georgia Indigent Defense Council, trustee of the Georgia Bar Foundation, and a member of the boards of several community organizations. Land has been recognized for his community involvement, having received the J. R. Allen Outstanding Columbus Young Person Award for 1995 and the H. Sol Clark Pro Bono Award from the State Bar of Georgia in 1993. He is also a Leadership Georgia graduate.
Land and his wife, Shannon, are the parents of three children--Katherine, Brooks and Clay, Jr. They are members of First Baptist Church of Columbus.