Penny Houston honored as 2024 Legislator of the Year by Georgia Council on Aging

Rep. Penny Houston has been named the 2024 Legislator of the Year by the Georgia Council on Aging’s Coalition of Advocates for Georgia’s Elderly (CO-AGE). 

“I am deeply honored to receive the 2024 Legislator of the Year award from the Georgia Council on Aging,” said Houston, a Nashville Republican. “Throughout my tenure in the legislature, I have steadfastly committed myself to safeguarding Georgia’s children and elderly, ensuring they receive the necessary care, services and support to sustain healthy and fulfilling lives.”

The award is given to a lawmaker who demonstrates outstanding commitment to the state’s seniors throughout the Legislative Session.

“This recognition is not just a reflection of my achievements but a testament to the collective efforts of many dedicated individuals across our state,” Houston added.

“I extend my heartfelt gratitude to CO-AGE for their unwavering support and dedication to this vital cause, which far exceeds my own contributions. I am continually inspired by the tireless work of advocates and caregivers who demonstrate daily their commitment to improving the quality of life for our seniors and children. While my time in the legislature will soon come to an end, I remain dedicated to advancing a Georgia where every person, regardless of age, can thrive.”

The group will honor Houston July 18 at its annual meeting at the Methodist Children’s Home in Macon. 

“A relentless advocate for children and the elderly, Rep. Houston has made it her mission to ensure that the citizens of Georgia receive the services and support they need to thrive at all stages of life,” said Debra Stokes, Executive Director of the Georgia Council on Aging.

“Her support of the Georgia Council on Aging and the Coalition of Advocates for Georgia’s Elderly began with her first year of service in the Georgia House of Representatives in 1997. Although she retired from the legislature in 2024, she continues to serve on the Board of Directors of the Methodist Children’s Home in Macon. Rep. Houston has made an indelible mark on the landscape of our state. We are honored to present this award to her and look forward to her continued service to her local community of Nashville and to the citizens of the entire state.”



Janelle Irwin Taylor has been a professional journalist covering local news and politics in Tampa Bay since 2003. In early 2022, she left the business to serve as Communications Director for St. Petersburg Mayor Ken Welch. After leaving the administration, Janelle briefly worked as a communications consultant for candidates, businesses and non-profits, before accepting her position as Publisher for Southeast Politics, a homecoming of sorts to her Florida Politics roots, where she served as a reporter and editor for several years. Janelle has also held roles covering the intersection of politics and business for the Tampa Bay Business Journal and general assignment news with an emphasis on social justice and climate change for WMNF Community Radio, where she also hosted a political call-in show under several names, including Last Call, Midpoint and The Scoop. Janelle has a lust for politics and policy. When she’s not bringing you the day’s news, you might find Janelle enjoying nature with her husband, children and two dogs. You can reach Janelle at [email protected]


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