Elected officials at all levels of government—federal, state, and local—have the power to positively impact early childhood outcomes. Some of these offices are listed below. Click the office to learn more about the role of this office and who is running in 2022.

 

Every child has the right to fair education and [a] brighter future. Child care should not be a privilege, it should be available for every child.

- Atlanta Mother

What does a Member of Congress do? 

The Senate is one of Congress’ two chambers and is composed of two Senators from each of the 50 states, for a total of 100 Members. Each Senator is elected to a six-year term and represents the entire state. Only one of two U.S. Senate seats in Georgia is up for election in 2022.  

The House of Representatives is Congress’ other chamber, composed of 435 Members that proportionally represent the population of the 50 states. Georgia currently has 14 Representatives in the U.S. House, each representing a distinct geographic district. Serving two-year terms, all U.S. Representatives are up for re-election in 2022. 

As members of the legislative branch, Senators and Representatives introduce bills and resolutions, vote on pending legislation, offer amendments, and serve on committees.  

What could a Member of Congress do to expand access to early learning and support the healthy development of Georgia’s youngest children? 

 

As policymakers, our U.S. Senators and Representatives can do the following: 

  • Support legislation to expand and improve supports for families 
  • Protect and expand investments in young children and families, including: Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF), Head Start, Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF), the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Program, Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) 

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    Below is an example of content that would go under the first congressional district. However, content will vary from race to race.

    Buddy Carter

    Republican (Incumbent)

    Address:
    PO Box 10570
    Savannah, GA 31412

    Website: www.buddycarterforcongress.com

    See how Congressman Buddy Carter plans to support children and families.

    Wade Herring

    Democrat

    Address:
    P.O Box 9145
    Savannah, GA

    Website: www.wadeherringforcongress.com

    See how Wade Herring plans to support children and families.

    Counties in Georgia’s 1st Congressional District
    Appling Chatham Liberty
    Bacon Clinch Long
    Brantley Echols McIntosh
    Bryan Effingham (Partial, see also GA-12) Pierce
    Camden Glynn Ware
    Charlton Liberty  

    Click here to see early childhood profile of GA-01.