Georgia State House, District 117
Representative Deborah Gonzalez, HD117, is an attorney, mother, and advocate for social justice. Her work in the legal field covers media, technology and entertainment through her legal firm D Gonzalez Law Group, LLC and Letterbox Legal. She won her seat in a special election in November 2017 and gained national media attention by flipping the seat blue despite being outraised 4 to 1 by her opponent. Her legislative work includes protection of children’s health and education, working families; livable wages, non-discrimination, and victims of sexual harassment, domestic violence and other forms of abuse. She is also a published author, most recently of “Managing Online Risks: Apps, Mobile, and Social Media Security.”
Rep. Gonzalez is currently on three committees: judiciary non-civil, code revision, and intergovernmental coordination. Due to her 2018 committee work Rep. Gonzalez was appointed in May, 2018 to be the Vice Chair of a national task force on Law & Criminal Justice for the National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators. Rep Gonzalez distinguished herself as a freshman legislator by defeating a bad bill with her opposition speech on crossover day, not once but twice. She also earned the nickname “the cross examiner” due to her provoking and thorough questioning during committee meetings.
For too long in House District 117 and throughout the state of Georgia elected officials vote in their own self-interest and leave the people behind. Rep. Gonzalez will continue to fight for working class people while many elected officials have become out of touch with the hard-working people and their policies reflect their lack of empathy towards their fellow members of society. She has governed with a the guiding principles of transparency, communication, and accountability prioritizing the people of her district.