|Fort in 2009.|
|Member of the Georgia Senate
from the 39th district
April 10, 1956 |
New Britain, CT
|Political party||Democratic Party|
Vincent D. Fort (born April 28, 1956) is a state Senator in the Georgia State Senate, elected since 1996. He represents part of Fulton County for the 39th district. His district includes part of Atlanta and East Point.
Fort received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in American History at Central Connecticut State College and his Masters Degree in African-American History from Atlanta University. He serves on committees dealing with the judiciary, education, State institutions and properties, MARTA, appropriations, redistricting and reapportionment.
Fort was the first author of Georgia's predatory lending law, which, until replaced by a measure written by now Congressman Tom Price (R-Roswell), was the strongest law in the country. He has sponsored and co-sponsored bills against prostitution, hate crimes, drug-related nuisances, discrimination against citizens with disabilities, racial profiling, disabled access to housing, and collective bargaining for law enforcement officers.[when?] Fort has been described as a supporter of Grady Memorial Hospital.
In February 2010, Fort opposed a bill that would prevent Georgians from being forced to receive a microchip implant against their will, calling it "a solution in search of a problem." On October 26, 2011, Senator Fort was arrested along with 52 other members of Occupy Atlanta, in support of the protesters. In the aftermath of the 2014 shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, Fort criticized police militarization in Georgia.
In 2010, a political newcomer, ran against Fort in the Democratic primary for the state senate. Fort won the primary with 67% of the vote.
- "Senator Vincent D. Fort: Senate District 39" (PDF). legis.ga.gov. Retrieved November 6, 2011.
- "Georgia State Senator Vincent Fort (D-39)". legis.ga.gov. Retrieved November 6, 2011.
- Associated Press (September 27, 2007) "Fort, others chastise Johnson" ABCmoney.co.uk Accessed November 6, 2011.
- Ga. Senate: No Forced Microchip Implants In Humans | 11alive.com
- Fort, Vincent. "End police militarization now". Creative Loafing. Retrieved 26 August 2014.
- Georgia Department of Elections 2010 primary results
- Senator Fort's Biography at the Official Website of the General Assembly of Georgia
- Official campaign website