State Representative Billy Mitchell, is a leader of leaders, haven been elected by his colleagues to serve as chair of the Georgia House of Representatives Democratic Caucus. He also serves as president of the National Black Caucus of State Legislators, elected by his nationwide peers to lead the organization of African-American State legislators who represent nearly 70 million constituents across the country. Former members include almost 40% of the current Congressional Black Caucus and the 44th U.S. President.
Rep. Mitchell earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree from the Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey; a Master of Arts Degree from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles; and a Jurist Doctor degree from the Georgia State University Law School.
Overwhelmingly elected in 2002 to the Georgia General Assembly, he serves on some of its most powerful committees and is the author of many legislative acts signed into law. He is the recipient of the Georgia Legislative Black Caucus Legislator of the Year award, the NBCSL National Legislator of the Year award, the SCLC National Public Service Award, the DeKalb NAACP Pat Jones Community Service Award, among many others.
Formerly vice-mayor of the City of Stone Mountain, he authored legislation permitting the erection of the “Freedom Bell” commemorating the call to “let freedom ring, even from Stone Mountain of Georgia!” in Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I have a Dream” speech.
A frequent and sought-after public speaker and writer, Rep. Mitchell has authored numerous articles that have appeared in various newspapers and magazines, and has served as a commentator in the national and local media, such as ABC, MSNBC, NBC, CSPAN, Georgia Public Broadcasting, and others. He is also a contributor to the best-selling book, “Keeping the Faith” by media personality, Tavis Smiley, which was recognized as Best Literary Work at the nationally televised NAACP Image Awards.