Mike Glanton's Biography

State Representative Mike Glanton is an entrepreneurial visionary and creative individual with a proven track record for getting things done. He matriculated with Georgia Military College, Liberty University, Fayetteville State University, United States Army Logistics Management College and is a graduate of the Carl Vinson Institute of Government at the University of Georgia and the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies for Health Policies Certification Program at Georgia State University. He is a founding/charter member Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society at GMC and life-long member of the "Golden Key" Society. Rep. Glanton has a Doctorate of Religious Philosophy in Theology from Restoration Theological Seminary. And is a graduate of the Center for Advance Leadership (CALS) facilitated at the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute at the University of Arkansas. Representative Mike Glanton is a Toll Fellow and graduate of the Council of State Governments Henry Toll Fellow Program held at the University of Kentucky. He is a Kentucky Colonel commissioned by Kentucky Governor Honorable Matthew G. Bevin.


He serves on the prestigious Appropriations, Education, Public Safety and Homeland Security, Defense & Veterans Affairs House Committees, as well as being appointed by the Governor to serve on the Joint House-Senate Committee on MARTOC (Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Oversight Committee), and the Governor's "Blue Ribbon" Education Reform Commission. He also serves as Vice-Chairman of the Appropriations Sub-Committee on K-12 Funding and Education Sub-Committee on Academic Support as well as on the Metropolitan-Atlanta Regional Transit Solutions Committee. He was appointed by the Speaker of the Georgia House Legislation of Representatives to serve on the Georgia House Study Committee on Military Installations and the Military Affairs and Strom Water Utilities. He was recently appointed as Chairman of the MARTOC Sub-Committee on Information Technology and Security. He also serves on the Council of State Governments'-Southern Legislative Conference Education Committee and the National Council of State Legislators on the Causes & Consequences of Youth Homelessness. He is a member of the Georgia Charter Schools Commission's Charter Schools Petition Review Panel.


Glanton's community involvement includes actively working with school committees, councils and boards, the Clayton County Grassroots Leadership Institute, the Clayton County System of Care (CCSOC) and Clayton County Economic Development initiatives. He serves as host of several major community events including the Southside Music Festival, East Clayton County Community Day Festival, Annual Business2Business Bowling Tournament, International Cultural Celebration and Director of the Clayton County National Day of Prayer Annual Fellowship Breakfast. 


Rep. Glanton is a licensed and ordained minister and founded New Life Christian Church in Jonesboro, Georgia. He is the President of the Clayton County Ministers' Conference and co-founder of the Coalition of Clayton County Clergy. He is a United States Army Retired Paratrooper (Airborne) and War Veteran. Rep. Glanton is a recipient of the Federal Humanitarian Service Medal, the Kuwait Liberation Medal, and the Georgia Secretary of State's Outstanding Citizen Award. He is Clayton County Arc's 2008 "Legislator of the Year". He is the Clayton County Chamber of Commerce "Community Service Award" recipient for 2008; was selected to the Georgia Chamber of Commerce 2009 "Honor Roll; received an A+ ranking from the Georgia Chamber for the 2013 Legislative Session, and also received an A+ rating from the Georgia Parents Alliance for his efforts in the field of Education. Glanton is a charter member of the Lions Club International, (Clayton County) Jonesboro Chapter. He served as Chairman of the nine-member Clayton County Legislative Delegation from December 2009 through January 2011, and also served as its Secretary during the 2007-2008 legislative sessions. He currently holds the Vice-Chairman position on the Delegation. He was first elected to the Georgia House of Representatives in July 2006.

During his tenure in the House of Representatives, he introduced and passed significant revenue generating legislation for the cities of Jonesboro, Forest Park, Riverdale and Morrow and Clayton County totaling over 1.5 Billion dollars in potential revenue and development. He has personally risen over four hundred thousand ($400,000) dollars in donations for local nonprofits. And annually donates over two-hundred (200) winter coats and five (5) one thousand ($1000) dollars scholarships to deserving students in Clayton County Public Schools. He currently has a scholarship Program to award over thirty thousand ($30,000) dollars in one thousand ($1000) dollar scholarships to deserving students in Clayton County, Fulton County and Atlanta Public Schools Systems for 2019 and Clayton State University. He is credited with passing Ethics Legislation (HB 1302/743) for the Clayton County School Board in efforts to regain the System's Accreditation.


He is a charter/founding member of Elite Scholars Academy Charter School, a 2012 Georgia School of Excellence and 2014 National Blue Ribbon Designated School and served as Chairman of the Governance Board for the school from 2009-2016. He was recently honored with the naming of the school's Sports Complex, the "Mike Glanton Royal Knight Sports Complex". Rep. Glanton also served as the Chairman of the Clayton County Ethics Committee commissioned by the Board of Commissioners to rewrite the County Code of Ethics in 2008. Rep. Glanton is the 2014 author of House Bill 1009. HB 1009 is legislation that authorizes Clayton County after forty-two (42) years to join Marta and re-establish public transportation in Clayton County.


Rep. Mike Glanton is a 2012 nominee for the Association of County Commissioners of Georgia Leadership Award for Leadership Development Advocate of the Year. He is a 2011 recipient of the Gospel Choice Awards "Oscar" for the Top Ten "Chosen" Pastors in Georgia. He is 2014 Nu Purpose Community NU Vision Service Award recipient and 2014 20th Anniversary Gospel Choice Awards 100 "most Influential Pastors".


Rep. Glanton's local Boards include: Chairman, Alzheimer's Service Board of Directors, Past Chairman, House of Dawn Transitional Home for Teenage Mothers, Calvary Refuge Homeless Shelter, and Clayton County Community Services Authority.


Rep. Glanton serves as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of a International Consulting Corporation. He was recognized in the fall 2011 edition of the Atlanta Business Journal as one of the 50 "Most Powerful" African Americans in Business in Georgia. In January 2014, Rep. Glanton was appointed to Georgia Governor's prestigious Severe Winter Weather Warning and Preparedness Task Force and was appointed by the Speaker of the House to serve on the House of Representatives study committee on the "Role of the Federal Government in Education in Georgia and Common Core". He was nominated and selected to receive a "Living Legends" Award from the Forest Park Ministers Association and Community Service Award from Divine Faith Ministries International in 2016.


He resides in Jonesboro with his lovely wife Pearla (Kauai, Hawaii). He is the proud father of five adult children, grandfather of eighteen and great grandfather to twins.

State House District 75
Communities of Jonesboro, Morrow, Lake Spivey, Flint River, Irongate, Mundy's Mill, Lovejoy, Riverdale, & Point South.


Current Committees

  • Education
  • Defense and Veterans Affairs
  • House/Senate Joint Committee on MARTOC
  • Public Safety and Homeland Security
  • Appropriations

Sub-Committees

  • Education (Workforce Development & Innovation)
  • Appropriations (Vice-Chairman-K12 Funding)
  • MARTOC (Vice-Chairman-Innovation & Security)

Past Committees

  • Ways & Means
  • Transportation
  • Appropriations Sub-Committee on K-12 Funding
  • Education
  • Children & Youth
  • Military Affairs Working Group
  • Defense & Veterans Affairs
  • MARTOC Sub-Committee on Information Technology & Infrastructure (Chairman)

Study Committee Assignments/Appointments

  • Joint Study Committee on Strom Water Management Fees
  • Education Sub-Committee on Academic Support
  • Metropolitan-Atlanta Regional Transit Solutions Committee
  • Severe Winter Weather Warning and Preparedness Task Force
  • Role of the Federal Government in Education in Georgia and Common Core
  • Georgia Military Bases Realignment & Closure (BRAC)
  • Governor's "Blue Ribbon" Education Reform Commission.

Southern Legislative Conference of the Council of State Governments Committee on Education ( representing the States of Alabama, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia)

Boards & Affiliations

  • House of Dawn, Inc
  • Calvary Refuge, Inc
  • Rainbow House, Inc
  • Community Services Authority, Inc
  • Alzheimer Services Center, Inc (Co-Chairman)
  • Georgia Charter Commission Charter Petition Review Panel
  • Golden Key Society (Phi Theta Kappa)
  • Clayton County Democrat Party
  • Joint Capitol Legislative Prayer Group
  • Clergy Day at the Georgia State Capitol (Co-Organizer)
  • Gateway Restoration Theological Seminary
  • Charles W. Badgett III Military Masonic Lodge (Prince Hall/Oklahoma Jurisdiction)
  • Clayton County Ministers Conference President
  • Clayton County/Jonesboro Lions Club International
  • Clayton County System of Care (CCSOC)
  • Calvary Refuge Center, Inc.

Legislative Training

  • University of Georgia (Carl Vinson Institute for Government 2007' 2009' 2013' 2015' 2017' 2019)
  • University of Kentucky
  • EdChoice Policy Institute (Indianapolis, Indiana)
  • American Federation for Children
  • National Summit on Excellence in Education (ExCellinEd)
  • BAEO (Black Alliance for Educational Options)
  • Georgia State University (Andrew Young School of Policy)

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