About Rep. Tommy Benton
Legislator of the Year Award
Representative Tommy Benton
Representative Tommy Benton is a 6th generation resident of Jackson County. He and his wife Karen have four children and two grandsons. Representative Benton is a 1968 graduate of Commerce High School from which he later progressed to West Georgia College, earning an AB in History. In 1983, he graduated from Brenau College with an MEd in Middle School Education.
He was employed by the Jackson County Board of Education teaching Georgia History and Govt. American History from 1974 until 2004 when he retired. He worked at McDonald Ace Hardware in Commerce from 1975 to 2011.
Since 1962 Representative Benton has been an active member of the First Methodist Church in Commerce. His public service to his community includes membership on the Jefferson Historic Preservation Commission for 10 years. He has been a Hunter Safety Instructor since 1984. In 1996 he served as the Treasurer for the Jackson County Bicentennial Committee.
Representative Benton is Chairman of Human Relations and Aging, Secretary of the Education Committee, and member of the Rules, Transportation, and Retirement committees. Currently Rep. Benton is heading the workforce development committee for the committee that is developing a statewide Alzheimer’s plan for Georgia.
Rep. Benton has emerged as a leader in the General Assembly on important issues facing seniors and their families. He has been open and available to discuss these issues and helped move the state forward.