Given the economic fallout from COVID-19 and what it has meant for the state budget, in particular, Brian supported and passed legislation that cut his salary as a State Senator by 11%. Brian supported this bill because he believes that politicians should lead by example and share in the economic impact of COVID-19 directly and use the money that is saved from their salaries to help offset other shortfalls in the budget. Brian has fought for working families in our state by sponsoring and passing legislation that allows individuals to use accrued sick leave to care for other immediate family members that are sick and under his or her care. Brian also sponsored and passed legislation that prevents surprise billing where an individual receives bills for out of network care without notice. Brian also continues to work to improve access to healthcare in Georgia. He sponsored legislation that allows Georgia to bring down additional Medicaid funding from the federal government, assisting those who cannot afford health insurance. It will also enable more insurance companies to compete in Georgia’s market, bringing down the cost and providing more options for everyone.
Georgia State Senate District 17 encompasses parts of Newton, Henry, and Rockdale counties with nearly 150,000 registered voters. Brian Strickland entered his second full term in the Georgia Senate in 2020. Brian, his wife Lindsay, and their two children reside in McDonough, GA. Through Brian’s leadership position at the capitol where he fights for District 17, and all of Georgia, he has impacted Georgia for the better through various executed actions. Not only did Brian support the First Responder bill which aids police, firefighter, and EMS personnel but he was a key player in the passing of the Georgia Criminal Justice reform bills and Georgia Surprise Medical bills. Above and beyond that, Brian labored to bring funding to Southern Crescent Technical College making it one of the top technical schools in Georgia and is constantly raising the bar in the fight against human trafficking.