Monday October 16, 2017 County & State Watch – Featuring Two Candidates: GA Sen. Josh McKoon and Former Deputy Insurance Commissioner Jim Beck

 Featured Speakers

Monday evening October 16th Georgia Tea Party guests will hear from two candidates for statewide office.

Senator Josh McKoon – a GOP primary candidate for Georgia Secretary of State.  Earlier this year Senator McKoon resigned his seat to run for Georgia Secretary of State.

Senator McKoon currently works as an attorney for Crowley/McKoon.

A Republican from Columbus, Sen. McKoon was first elected to the state Senate in 2010 for the 2011 – 2012 legislative term.  He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Furman University in 2001 and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Alabama School of Law in 2003.

In his work in the Senate, Sen. McKoon has earned the Consumer Champion Award from Georgia Watch and the Clean Water Champion Award from the Georgia Water Coalition.
In 2013, Sen. McKoon was named an “On the Rise Attorney” by the Daily Report, an award given to up – and -coming lawyers under the age of 40 and a recipient of the inaugural “40 Under 40” Award by Maverick PAC, a conservative political action committee.
He also earned an A+ from the Georgia Chamber of Commerce.  He was also named to Leadership Georgia’s Class of 2014.  Senator McKoon serves on the board of directors for the United Way of the Chattahoochee Valley, the Muscogee County Juvenile Drug Court, Big Brothers Big Sisters Association of Greater Columbus, and the Urban League of Georgia Greater Columbus. He is also a member of the Rotary Club of Columbus, the State Bar of Georgia, the Alabama State Bar, and the Knights of Columbus Council #1019 at St. Anne Church.
Senator McKoon married Jacqueline in August of 2016 and their family regularly attends St. Anne’s Church.

Jim Beck, Former Georgia Deputy Insurance Commissioner – Candidate for Georgia Insurance Commissioner

Jim and his wife Lucy reside in Carrollton, Georgia; they have one son, Jimmy Beck, Jr.

Jim graduated from the University of West Georgia with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Marketing. His experience in the insurance industry is comprehensive and multi-faceted. Jim’s background includes working in an independent insurance agency, as well as serving for twelve years as public affairs director for a Fortune 150 property and casualty insurance company. His public service includes having served as Deputy Insurance Commissioner for the State of Georgia. Most recently, he served as Chief of Staff for the current Insurance Commissioner Ralph T. Hudgens. In his current role he oversees an operation that provides property insurance to those who are locked out of the open market.

Jim is also a nationally known speaker who has addressed diverse groups ranging in size from 10 to 4,000. With over 30 years as a professional presenter and coach in the field of organizational leadership, Jim has led sessions for a host of government and non-government clients. Jim serves as
President for the Georgia Christian Coalition. His work includes appearances on Fox, ABC and CNN.

He serves as a guest editor for STAND UP GEORGIA, one of the top political news aggregates in the state, which shares information to help empower and embolden grassroots conservatism in the Peach State. 

In addition to speaking engagements across the country, Jim has always been very active in his own community. He has served the Haralson County Sheriff’s Department by creating the agency’s first Crime Prevention Unit. He was appointed by the Carroll County Board of Commissioners to serve on the board of Carroll County Department of Family and Children’s Services. He is a former Vice President of the Carrollton Jaycees.

Jim has been a member of Tabernacle Baptist Church for 30 years where he is a deacon and trustee. At Tabernacle, Jim and Lucy have taught classes for newlyweds.

Jim’s hobbies include reading historical biographies and Andy Griffith Show trivia.

 To be on the County State Watch invitation list contact Ronny West or Richard Arena

  • Georgia Tea Party Inc. does not endorse or oppose candidates or parties. Individual volunteers are free to do so.  Public officials are not invited to speak at Thursday Volunteer Meetings. They are welcome to attend as citizens. Public officials and candidates are invited to speak at Monday Task Force Meetings. Task Force Meetings are designed to be a two-way dialogue with public officials and candidates, carried out in a civil and professional manner. At any Georgia Tea Party Inc. event, we always treat our guests with courtesy and respect.

Location: 799 Roswell Street Marietta, GA (Cobb Co. GOP HQ) 2 blocks west of the Big Chicken

Time: 7:00pm

(Georgia Tea Party is not affiliated with the GOP – We rent space in their building)


Coming up on County State Watch:

County-State Watch Task Force has several meetings over the next couple of months with statewide candidates.

Monday Oct. 16

  • Sen. Josh McKoon, Candidate for Georgia Secretary of State
  • Jim Beck – Candidate for Georgia Insurance Commissioner


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