Nan Grogan Orrock

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Nan Grogan Orrock
Nan Grogan Orrock 2008.jpg
Orrock in 2008
Member of the Georgia Senate
from the 36th district
Assumed office
Preceded by Sam Zamarripa
Member of the Georgia House of Representatives
from the 58th district
In office
Personal details
Born (1943-11-08) November 8, 1943 (age 74)
Abingdon, Virginia
Political party Democratic Party
Children 2
Residence Atlanta, Georgia
Education Mary Washington College of the University of Virginia
Alma mater Mary Washington College (B.A.)
Committees Agriculture and Consumer Affairs

Nan Grogan Orrock (born November 8, 1943) is a Democratic state senator in the Georgia State Senate for the district 36. Following the 2006 retirement of State Senator Sam Zamarripa, Orrock was a candidate for his district; in the Democratic primary held on July 18, 2006 Orrock defeated Grace Davis to win a seat in the State Senate since she has no Republican opponent for the general election. She was sworn into office in 2007. She was previously a member of the Georgia House of Representatives from 1987, representing the 58th district. She was the Vice-Chair of the House Democratic Caucus and the former Majority Whip, the first female to ever hold this role. Orrock was once a member of American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), but has since been critical of their influence.[1]

Senator Nan Orrock founded both the Georgia Legislative Women's Caucus and the Working Families Agenda caucus. Her legislative successes include passage of the Georgia Family Medical Leave Act, the Prescriptive Equity for Contraceptives Act, the Chlamydia Screening Act, Georgia Hate Crimes Act, and the Omnibus AIDS statute. She continually advocates for environmentally sound policies, and worked on passing monumental legislation surrounding regulation of landfills.[2]

Her activist efforts began back in 1963 when she participated in the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Following this, she proceeded to work with SNCC in Georgia and Mississippi and lead civil rights projects in the Black Belt counties of her home state of Virginia.

Nan is the President of the Women Legislators’ Lobby, a national network of women state legislators launched by Women’s Action for New Directions WAND in 1991, and has been on staff with this organization since 1997.[3]


  1. ^ This is how corrupt our political system is MassReport. Original publisher WXIA. Accessed 20 May 2016.
  2. ^ "WAND | Women's Action for New Directions | About WiLL President Nan Orrock". Retrieved 2017-10-02. 
  3. ^ "Veterans of the Civil Rights Movement — Nan Grogan Orrock". Retrieved 2017-10-02. 

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