About African Awards Nominee

Lifetime Achievement Award

Senator Donzella James

Senator Donzella James is a democratic senator representing Metropolitan Atlanta’s 35th District of Georgia, which includes portions of Fulton and Douglas Counties. She was elected to the State Senate in 1994 to fill the unexpired term of the late Sen. Arthur Langford. She proudly served four and one half full terms and retired to
offer herself to serve in the US Congress. In 2009 Sen. James was re-elected to serve once again in the State Senate.
Sen. James is a member of the Education and Youth, Special Judiciary, Economic Development, and State and Local Governmental Operations committees. She has worked to bring progressive change in the area of crime reduction, a safe and clean environment, stronger drunk driving laws and drug trafficking laws, economic development, increased access to affordable healthcare and quality education.Sen. James authored and passed the Child Endangerment bill and the Child Sexual Commerce Act of 2001, Teenager Responsibility Act, and habitual drunk-driving laws.

Throughout her tenure she has earned the distinguished reputation of being the voice of the voiceless. She championed
an effort to stop an Indy 500 style race track by passing a bill which prohibited the construction of racetracks in residential neighborhoods. This prompted the construction of multi-retail outlets (Camp Creek Market Place) now
responsible for local economic development and career opportunities for our citizens. As a successful entrepreneur, she understands the importance of fair and equitable business opportunities; therefore she authored legislation to support small business by mandating that all bids for Georgia state service and supply contracts be posted on- line to enforce open access and fair consideration for all small businesses.
In 1994, Sen. James was elected to represent the State of Georgia as a Fleming Fellow for the National Center for Policy Alternatives. In 2000, she received the prestigious honor of the JFK Profiles in Courage honorable mention award for authoring and introducing the acclaimed “Zero Waste By 2020” legislation which went on to be adopted in twenty other states.
Donzella James was the 1999 recipient of the Eleanor Roosevelt Fellowship at the National Center for Policy Alternatives. She also was a recipient of the freshman of the Year Legislator award in 1994, and awarded Legislator of the Year in both 1997 and 2000, she went on to pass over 270 pieces of legislation.
Sen. James authored legislation to create the Senate Eviction Law Study Committee which examined current eviction procedures with an eye toward making them less disruptive. She chaired the Senate Study Committee on Solid Waste Reduction; and received the “Legislative Service Award” honors from both the Georgia Municipal Association and the Association of County Commissioners of Georgia.