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Sen. Steve Gooch named ‘most influential’ person
Steve Gooch
Steve Gooch

Georgia Trend magazine recently recognized Sen. Steve Gooch as one of Georgia’s most influential people.

The publication’s annual list recognizes the 100 most influential residents of Georgia. According to a news release from the Georgia Senate Press Office, Gooch was recognized for his work in the Georgia Senate “and his consistent efforts to improve education and public schools for children in his district around the state.”

Also acknowledged were his work on job creation, immigration, tax reform, the right to bear arms and his leadership for transportation in the state.

“It is an honor to be recognized among this distinguished list of leaders in our great state,” Gooch said. “I look forward to working with my colleagues and local community leaders to keep Georgia moving in the right direction.”

Added Gooch: “Over the past several years, we have seen numerous businesses moving to Georgia leading to additional economic growth and job creation. We will work hard during this upcoming session to continue this progress for our state.”

Gooch was elected to the Georgia State Senate in 2010. The 51st district includes Fannin, Union, Gilmer, Lumpkin, White, Dawson and parts of Forsyth and Pickens counties.

He was elected as the Majority Whip of the Senate Majority Caucus in 2014. Prior to serving in this capacity, he was secretary of the Senate Majority Caucus and chair of the Senate Transportation Committee.

Gooch graduated from North Georgia College and State University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a master’s degree in public administration. 

He currently serves as the executive director for the Development Authority of Lumpkin County and is a former Georgia Department of Transportation board member. 

Prior to being elected to the Georgia State Senate, he served as the sole Lumpkin County Commissioner. Sen. Gooch and his wife, Shannon have three children: Samuel, Seth and Sawyer.