Speaker Ralston Announces Members of House Study Committee on Maternal Mortality

Staff Report From Georgia CEO

Wednesday, June 12th, 2019

Speaker David Ralston (R-Blue Ridge) announced the members of the House Study Committee on Maternal Mortality.

“Georgia simply cannot continue to have one of the nation’s worst rates of maternal mortality,” said Speaker David Ralston. “This is an issue which impacts all Georgians and demands a fact-based approach to problem-solving. I look forward to the study committee’s findings and recommendations which will be considered in the 2020 legislative session.”

The committee will be co-chaired by Rep. Sharon Cooper (R-Marietta) and Rep. Mark Newton (R-Augusta). Rep. Cooper is the Chairman of the House Health & Human Services Committee as well as a medical administrator and registered nurse. Rep. Newton is the House Majority Caucus Chief Deputy Whip as well as a physician specializing in emergency medicine.

The other House members appointed to the study committee are:

Rep. Chuck Efstration (R-Dacula)

Rep. Carolyn Hugley (D-Columbus)

Rep. Deborah Silcox (R-Sandy Springs)

Rep. Valencia Stovall (D-Forest Park)

Rep. Darlene Taylor (R-Thomasville)

The Speaker also appoints the following citizen members who are also members of the Georgia Maternal Mortality Review Committee:

Dr. Jane Ellis, MD, PhD – Medical Director, Emory Regional Perinatal Center

Dr. Chad Ray, MD – Associate Professor, Medical College of Georgia