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24, 2020 – The
State Board of Education last month selected a new slate of officers. Scott
Sweeney (6th Congressional District) will serve as chair and Jason Downey (8th
Congressional District) will serve as vice chair.
look forward to working with Scott and Jason to pursue continued improvements
in Georgia’s K-12 public schools and expanded opportunities for our students,”
State School Superintendent Richard Woods said. “They are both upstanding
individuals with strong experience in education governance, and Georgia’s
students will benefit from their leadership.”
is a Senior Business Advisor for InPrime Legal, a business law firm recognized
as one of four 2019 Small Business ROCK STARS by the Georgia Department of
Economic Development and the Georgia Economic Developers Association. Scott
served as an eight-year, two-term elected member of the Cobb County Board of
Education in roles including the Board Chair, Vice-Chair, Budget Liaison, and
Facilities & Technology Committee Liaison. He currently serves as a member
of Georgia’s Career, Technical, and Agricultural Education (CTAE) Business
& Advisory Committee and as a member of the Cobb Chamber of Commerce
Government Affairs Committee.
is the past president of the Georgia Education Committee representing more than
40 percent of Georgia’s K-12 public education students and served several years
as a legislative affairs committee member for the Georgia School Boards
Association. Scott has served as a board or committee member on national,
state, and local non-profit organizations. He is a frequent speaker at industry
and education events and an author of articles for industry publications and
education within the Cobb County community. Scott earned his Economics degree
at UCLA. He and his wife, Sandy, reside in East Cobb with their two children.
an honor to serve as Chairman of the State Board of Education,” Sweeney said.
“I look forward to working with Governor Brian Kemp, Superintendent Richard
Woods, and my board colleagues as we all strive to do our best serving
Georgia's K-12 students, their families, teachers and administrators.”
was appointed by Governor Brian Kemp as the 8th Congressional District’s member
of the State Board of Education in April 2019, and previously served on the
Macon-Bibb County Board of Education from 2013 to 2017 where he held the
positions of Vice-Chairman, Treasurer, and Legislative Liaison.
graduated in 2000 from Marshall University in West Virginia with a Bachelor of
Arts in Communication Studies, and in 2003 from Mercer University Walter F.
George School of Law with his J.D. He currently practices law as in-house
counsel for Allstate Insurance Company. Downey is married to Connie who has
been an elementary counselor in Jones County for 20 years. They live in Macon
with their daughter Cate. Downey also coaches competitive travel softball in
his spare time.
Sweeney and I share a common vision for the Georgia Board of Education, and I
look forward to working with him, Governor Kemp, Superintendent Woods, and our
fellow board members to continue enhancing Georgia’s public education system,”