ATLANTA, GA (January 11, 2012) -- Georgia Bio announces that Senator Cecil Staton (R-18th District) of Macon and Representative Terry England (R-108th District) of Auburn have been selected the 2012 Legislators of the Year for their support of the life sciences industry and university research in Georgia.
Sen. Staton, Senate Majority Whip, and Rep. England, Chair of the House Appropriations Committee, supported key issues critical to the life sciences industry during the 2011 General Assembly. They will be honored at the Georgia Bio Annual Awards Dinner, January 26, 6 pm to 9 pm, at Atlanta’s Fox Theater.
Sen. Staton, as Chair of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Higher Education, supported university funding, recognizing the significance of investing in scientific research for the state’s future economic growth. Rep. England also supported funding for scientific research, including the Georgia Cancer Coalition and the Georgia Center of Oncology Research and Education, which has established a statewide clinical trials network for cancer treatments. Support for institutional research is critical to the growth of the industry and the continued increase in high-paying jobs for Georgians. Sen. Staton has served in the Senate since 2004. Having previously held the position of vice-chairman of the Senate Republican Caucus, he currently serves as Majority Whip. Sen. Staton is a member of the Committee on Assignments and the Senate Appropriations Committee, sitting on three sub-committees and is Chairman of the sub-committee on Higher Education. He also serves on the Rules, Finance, Transportation, and Banking and Financial Institutions Committees. Sen. Staton received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Furman University and a Ph.D. from the University of Oxford in England. From 1989 to 2004, he was a Mercer University professor and administrator. He currently is a publisher and broadcaster in Macon and Warner Robins.
Rep. England was first elected to the Georgia House in 2005. In addition to chairing the House Appropriations Committee, he is a member of the Agriculture and Consumers Affairs, Education, Industrial Relations, Natural Resources and Ways and Means Committees. Mr. England is a farmer, agribusinessman and owner of the Homeport Farm Mart in Winder. He is a 1984 graduate of Winder-Barrow High School; attended the University of Georgia, majoring in Agricultural Engineering; and is a 1994 graduate of the Georgia Agri-Leaders Forum, a statewide leadership program for the agricultural industry. Rep. England also serves as Co-chair of the Agricultural Education Advisory Commission and is a member of the Governor’s Workforce Investment Board, and the Georgia Agricultural Exposition Authority Overview Committee. He served four years as Chairman of the bi-partisan House Rural Caucus.
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