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