Jennifer French Giarratano
Public Relations Manager
Andrew Young School of Policy Studies
ATLANTA — State Rep. Jordan Ridley (R-Woodstock) was elected to represent Georgia House District 22, which includes parts of Cherokee and Cobb counties.
Ridley, who was a public policy major in the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, uses his degree as a foundation for his priorities at the state Capitol.
He believes the faculty at Georgia State gave him an experience he couldn’t get elsewhere. Being taught by professors like Andrea Young, daughter of Ambassador Andrew Young, and Jim Martin, a former state representative and now retired faculty member, completely changed his outlook. He even called his former professor for advice before starting his tenure at the Capitol.
Ridley is a proud Panther and says there’s no other school that gives access to as much real-world experience as Georgia State.
Working on campaigns while growing up fueled Ridley’s passion for politics and policy. He saw an opportunity to enter politics following the 2022 census redistricting.
Ridley’s key priorities during his tenure include transportation and economic development. With state and federal highways 20 and 92 running through his district, he aims to create legislation that will help curb dangerous accidents in these areas. Additionally, his district has many major facilities making a home there, and he wants to make the best of their presence for his constituents.
- First published in “News from the State Capitol” (Feb. 17, 2023) by Georgia State University’s Office of Government and Community Affairs, Atiyah Kennedy, author