By Maria Saporta
The Georgia Chamber of Commerce has hired its first-ever vice president for federal affairs.
The new vice president is Jeff Hamling, deputy chief of staff for U.S. Rep. Tom Price (R-Georgia’s 6th district). Hamling also was Price’s 2006 Congressional re-election campaign manager. He also worked with U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson on his first campaign for the U.S. Senate in 2004.
The Georgia Chamber decided it needed to establish the new position to serve as an advocate for the state’s business community and be a liaison between the chamber and Georgia’s Congressional delegation and federal agencies.
“It is an exciting time to be a part of the Georgia Chamber as it grows and expands its advocacy and services on behalf of Georgia’s diverse businesses,” Hamling said in a release. “Building a stronger presence in Washington, D.C. is an important component to maintaining a business climate that will let companies grow and create jobs. I am grateful for the opportunity to join this dynamic organization and look forward to the work that lies ahead.”
Chris Clark, president and CEO of the Georgia Chamber, said Hamling “brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the Georgia Chamber” and that he will be a valuable addition to the organization’s government affairs team.
“It has never been more critical that elected officials at the state and federal levels of government are making decisions that support business and encourage growth, investment and job creation.,” Clark said. “A strong partnership between the Chamber and Georgia’s congressmen and senators will help ensure that happens.”
The new federal affairs position is one of several efforts by the Georgia Chamber to expand the Chamber’s role as Georgia’s top business advocate and build upon a long history of championing pro-business policy at the state level.
Hamling, a native of Roswell, Ga., graduated from the University of Georgia in 2003. He currently lives in Roswell with his wife, Caulie, and their daughter, Slade.