Senator Stokes has been selected as one of Governor Roy Barnes' Floor Leaders in the
Senate. In addition, she has been named chairwoman of the Health and Human Services
committee and secretary of the Banking and Financial Institutions committee. She is a
member of the Appropriations and Insurance and Labor committees.
Stokes successfully sponsored legislation in the 1995 General Assembly to create the
Senate Task Force on Violence in the Media and chaired the panel, which was formed to
examine the impact of TV and movie violence on children and teenagers. She also serves
on the State Commission on Family Violence. These appointments reflect her legislative
goals of improving public education and preventing violence.
Senate Bill 610, authored by Senator Stokes, takes a firm stand against destructive acts of
family violence in the home. It creates the new crime of family violence battery, addressing
beatings committed against past or present spouses, children, stepchildren and foster
children, or other persons living in the same household. First offenders can be put in jail for
up to one year, and second and subsequent incidents are felonies carrying a prison term of
up to five years.
In addition, Stokes was a member of the Senate Study Committee on Privatization of
Governmental Services and the Study Committee on Financial Responsibility Among Local
School Boards. She also served on the Natural Gas Deregulation Study Committee.
Senator Stokes is co-owner of Remax Pacesetters Real Estate. She is the recipient of
Million Dollar Club Awards and the Remax 100 Percent Club Award for her professional
accomplishments. She also received the Hall of Fame Award for Community Service.
Active in political, professional and community affairs, Senator Stokes is a member of the
Coalition of 100 Black Women, the Women's Political Caucus, and the National Political
Congress of Black Women on which she serves as Development Coordinator of the
Georgia Chapter. Senator Stokes also serves on the Board of the Regional Leadership
Foundation and the Women's Council of NAREB.
Senator Stokes was a participant in the Leadership DeKalb Class of 1993, Leadership
Atlanta '96, and the Leadership College of the University of North Carolina in 1995. She
has most recently been selected to take part in the 1996 Regional Leadership Institute.
Stokes earned an Associate of Arts degree from the Art Institute of Atlanta and a BBA
from Georgia State University. She and her husband, Dr. James Stokes, are the parents of
three sons -- Bernard, Jason and Marcus. The Stokes are members of St. Phillip's AME
Church in DeKalb County.
The 43rd District, which Stokes represents, contains portions of DeKalb County including
Stone Mountain, Lithonia and Decatur.