Past ABFM Chair Sworn-In to Congress, Gains Key Committee Assignment

Carolyn_BourdeauxOn January 3rd, past ABFM Chair, Dr. Carolyn Bourdeaux, was sworn-in for her first term as a member of the United States House of Representatives, serving Georgia’s 7th District.

“I am deeply honored that the people of Georgia’s 7th Congressional District placed their trust in me to be their representative in Washington,” said Congresswoman Bourdeaux. “We are facing some serious challenges as a nation — from a global pandemic to threats that would undermine our elections and our democracy.”

Bourdeaux, a distinguished public finance academic and researcher, will be heavily-involved in key Federal policy during her first term, as she was assigned to the important House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

“Now is the time for an investment in our community,” said Congresswoman Bourdeaux. “It’s an honor to join the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee as my first assignment in Congress, and I’m ready to hit the ground running to tackle the transportation needs of the Atlanta metro-area, address one of the worst commutes in the country, and invest in a green economy for the 21st century.”

Bourdeaux has extensive experience in transportation policy, having served as a senior committee aide to Senator Ron Wyden during the development of major transportation legislation (Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century) in the mid-1990s.

Before election, Carolyn taught as a professor of public management and policy at the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University, and has served in a number of public service roles during her career. During the Great Recession, Carolyn was the director of the Georgia Senate Budget and Evaluation Office.

“Carolyn Bourdeaux is exactly what we need in members of our highest policy making body–extremely intelligent and analytical, experienced in both academic and practical policy environments, empathetic to the needs of the public, yet discerning in her ability to temper public expectations given government capacity to deliver,” said past ABFM Chair Katherine Willoughby. “I am gratified that Carolyn has landed in Congress at this most contentious and consequential time.”