Mullis receives award

From left: GHS President W. Todd Gross, state Sen. Jeff Mullis of Chickamauga and GHS Board Chairman Vince Dooley.

State Sen. Jeff Mullis of Chickamauga received the Georgia Historical Society (GHS) Presidential Citation on Tuesday, Nov. 7, in Ringgold.

GHS President W. Todd Groce presented Mullis with this honor for his distinguished leadership in the General Assembly and support of the study and teaching of Georgia history. Also in attendance was GHS Board Chairman Vince Dooley.

"It is an honor to be recognized with such a distinguished group of leaders and citizens in Georgia," Mullis said. "I will continue to work hard with my colleagues to promote history-related projects and to advocate for history education in schools all around the state. Thank you again for this tremendous honor."

Mullis represents the 53rd Senate District, which includes Catoosa, Dade, and Walker counties and portions of Chattooga County. He is chairman of the Rules Committee.

"There has been no greater champion of history in the General Assembly than Sen. Jeff Mullis," said W. Todd Groce, president and CEO of the Georgia Historical Society. "Because of his leadership, history-related projects continue to be a priority in Georgia. Not only does he support history education in our schools, but he appreciates the important role that heritage tourism plays in boosting the economy of communities across this state. He is richly-deserving of this recognition."

The GHS Presidential Citation is an award presented periodically by the chief executive of the Georgia Historical Society to recognize individuals and organizations that through their words and actions have rendered meritorious service on behalf of the field and cause of history. This is only the second time in the history of GHS that the Presidential Citation has been awarded to a political leader. The only other was presented about 12 years ago to another advocate for history, Sen. Jack Hill of Reidsville.