On December 12, Senator David Perdue announced who his field staff to serve the people of Georgia will be. Perdue has divided the state into nine regions. Upson County is in the West Central Georgia Region, and will be represented by Kathy Burns.
However, Upson County has a second connection to Perdue’s office through the senator’s Constituent Services Director and Central Savannah River Area Field Representative, Jennifer Hayes. Her maiden name is Elsey, and Hayes is the daughter of Miriam O. Elsey, the District 3 representative and current Chair of the Thomaston-Upson Board of Education.
Hayes grew up in Thomaston, graduating from Upson-Lee High School in 1999. She attended Mercer University, graduating in 2004. She is married and lives in Evans with her husband, Barrett, and two children. Her husband works for Club Car in Augusta,.
Prior to working for Sen. Perdue, Hayes was a former staff member to U. S. Senator Saxby Chambliss. Perdue won election to fill the seat left vacant when Chambliss declined to run for a third term.
As Perdue’s Constituent Services Director and Central Savannah River Area Field Representative, Hayes will represent Perdue with dual responsibility at events and meetings in seven counties.
“Jennifer has proven to be a jack of all trades,” Senator Perdue said. “I am pleased to have Jennifer on my team. I feel that she is a strong asset as she provides continuity and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to helping Georgians.”
“It was an honor to make the transition to Senator Perdue’s office,” Hayes added. “Senator Perdue is a strong leader and a true champion of Georgia values.”
Hayes can be contacted at 404-291-1128 or Jennifer_Hayes@perdue.senate.gov.
Kathy Burns, a small business owner and active volunteer, will represent the senator at events and meetings in 15 counties. They stretch from Muscogee County, including Ft. Benning, to Crisp and Upson counties.
“Kathy is the ideal representative for the west central region of Georgia,” Perdue said in a statement. “Kathy and her husband have been stationed at Fort Benning in Columbus five times over 26 years and she understands the needs of Georgia’s military families. This unique experience and her compassion for helping Georgians make her a valued member of our team.
Burns said she is “honored and excited to help serve the Senator’s constituents in this position.”
Burns made a stop in Thomaston Wednesday, touring Upson-Lee Middle School and the Fine Arts Center and meeting with local leaders. She can be contacted at 470-553-9688 or at Kathy_Burns@perdue.senate.gov.
Larry Stanford may be reached at 706-647-5414 or on Twitter @LarryStanford7.