Donzella James

Key Facts

Party Democrat
Status Incumbent


Donzella James earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and political science from Morris Brown College and an MBA from Georgia State University [2]. She has been serving as the District 35 representative since 2009 and is a former Atlanta Public Schools teacher. James chairs the Senate Interstate Cooperation Committee and is a member of three other committees [1].

James has received awards such as the 2014 Friends of Nigeria Award, the 2014 Georgia Association of Black Elected Officials Freedom Fighter Award, the 2013 Rising in Community Excellence Award, and the 2013 Mothers Against Drunk Driving Legislator of the Year [4]. 

James is a member of the Executive Advisory Board for Tapestry Ministries, Keep South Fulton Beautiful, African Women Leadership Organization, International Women’s Think Tank, and the Sonje Yo Human Rights Organization [4]. She is also a member of the National Organization of the Black Elected Leaders, Georgia Association of Black Elected Officials, Georgia Legislative Black Caucus, Georgia Women’s Caucus, Georgia Working Families Caucus, Douglas County Delegation, and the Fulton County Delegation [4].

Key Issues

Criminal Justice

James wants to create stricter drunk driving laws and drug trafficking laws. James supports creating drug-free commercial zones [4].


James wants to minimize budget cuts to schools [4].


James supported Senate Bill 1 which required insurance companies to cover autistic children under the age of 6 [4]. 


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