Senator John Wilkinson, a Republican from Toccoa, first joined the Georgia State Senate in 2011 during a special election. He represents Senate District 50, which includes Habersham, Rabun, Towns, Stephens, Banks, Franklin, and portions of Hall and Jackson counties.
In 2014, Senator Wilkinson was appointed by his colleagues to serve as the Majority Caucus Secretary. He also serves as the Chairman of the Agriculture and Consumer Affairs Committee and Vice-Chairman of the Education and Youth Committee. He is also a member of the Administrative Affairs, Appropriations, Assignments and Natural Resources and the Environment committees. He is an Ex-Officio of the Rules Committee.
In addition, he is a member of Georgia Agricultural Education Hall of Fame and was recognized as an outstanding member of the National Association of Supervisors of Agricultural Education in 2006. The University of Georgia College of Agriculture and Environmental Science honored Senator Wilkinson with an Award of Excellence in 2009. Senator Wilkinson was named “Policy Maker of the Year” by the Georgia Association for Career and Technical Education in 2012. Recently, he was awarded the Outstanding Service Citation Award by the National Association of Agricultural Educators in 2017.
Senator Wilkinson’s government experience extends from his previous career as a program manager at the Georgia Department of Education, overseeing the state’s agricultural education programs. He also worked as the Executive Secretary for Georgia’s Future Farmers of America Association.
He received his Bachelor of Science in Agriculture and Masters in Education at The University of Georgia. He is happily married to Debbie Wilkinson, and they have two adult children and five grandchildren. The Wilkinsons attend Tates Creek Baptist Church, where Senator Wilkinson is also a Deacon.