Representative Tommy Benton is a 6th generation resident of Jackson County. He and his wife Karen Compton Benton have four children and two grandsons named Samuel and Thomas.

Benton is a 1968 graduate of Commerce High School from which he later progressed to West Georgia College, earning an AB in History. In 1983, he graduated from Brenau College with a MEd in Middle School Education. He was employed by the Jackson County Board of Education teaching Georgia History and Govt. American History from 1974 until 2004 when he retired. He worked at McDonald Ace Hardware in Commerce from 1975 to 2011.

Since 1962 Representative Benton has been an active member of the First Methodist Church in Commerce. His public service to his community includes membership on the Jefferson Historic Preservation Commission for 10 years. He has been a Hunter Safety Instructor since 1984. In 1996 he served as the Treasurer for the Jackson County Bicentennial Committee.

Benton is a life member of the National Rifle Association and the Sons of Confederate Veterans. He is also active in the Military Order of the Stars and Bars, the Gainesville Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution, and the Jackson County Historical Society.

The Legislator is Chairman Human Relations and Aging, Secretary of the Education Committee, and member of the Rules, Transportation, and Retirement committees.

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