About John LaHood
Beth Cayce Leadership Award
State Representative John LaHood
State Representative John LaHood is the first person to receive both the GSLA Legislator of the Year Award and the GSLA Beth Cayce Leadership Award.
John LaHood has made an unparalleled impact as a tireless advocate for our senior citizens. As the state representative from Georgia’s District 175, he works to champion legislation and policies designed to ensure that Georgia’s senior citizens can live their lives in dignity. His passion for the well-being of our seniors means we all have a champion in the state legislature.
During the 2019 legislative session, John was the lead sponsor of House Bill 374, which we know as “the morphine bill.” That was just the beginning! Throughout 2019 and 2020, Representative John LaHood continued to work at the State Capitol on behalf of providers and seniors in Georgia.
The Senior Living industry in Georgia faced scrutiny in the media last year and, as a result, advocates called for increased state regulations for long-term residential care communities. Representative LaHood was in the thick of it working closely with Representative Sharon Cooper and others to craft legislation that would become House Bill 987, calling for significant reform in the operation of Assisted Living Communities and Personal Care Homes.
Representative LaHood currently serves as Secretary of the Human Relations & Aging Committee, which is responsible for legislation that concerns the care and needs of Georgia’s aging population. He also serves on three other committees in the House: the Game, Fish & Parks Committee, the Health & Human Services Committee, and the Information and Audits Committee.
In addition to representing his district in the Georgia Legislature, John runs a business in the senior living industry. He is President and CEO of The Fellowship Family, which began as a family business with Fellowship Home at Brookside in Valdosta. Under John’s leadership, The Fellowship Family has grown from one to five locations throughout south and middle Georgia. John is a Registered Nurse and holds additional certifications that support him in this role.
Beginning his full-time senior living career in 1997, John LaHood has been recognized by the Georgia Department of Community Health for Best Practices in Personal Care Homes & Assisted Living Communities. He served as President of ALAG – the Assisted Living Association of Georgia – from 2010 to 2013. He participated in the DCH advisory workgroup in 2011-2012 for development of the rules and regulations for Georgia’s ALC licensure.
A South Georgia native, John lives in Brooks County with his wife of 22 years, Crystal. They have four children and two grandchildren. John finds time to stay involved in family activities and in numerous civic and business organizations such as Leadership Georgia (Class of 2015), the Valdosta Boys & Girls Club, and the Boys & Girls Club of Brooks County.
John enjoys spending time outdoors on his family farm with family and friends. He also has his private pilot’s license and enjoys flying.