Senator

Michael "Doc" Rhett

 

Senator Dr. Michael Rhett was first elected to the state Senate in 2014 to represent a portion of Cobb County. He is the first African American Resident from Cobb County Georgia to be elected to the Georgia State Senate.

 

He was recently honored by the Cobb County Democratic Party as the Democratic Legislator of the year and Environmental Georgia's Legislator of the year in  Cobb County Georgia.

 

Senator Rhett is member of the Retirement, Banking and Financial Institutions, Judiciary Committee, and Veterans, Military and Homeland committees.

 

Senator Rhett has an Associate Degree Community College of the United States Air Force in Administrative Management, a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications and Afro-American Studies from the State University of New York, a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Education from the University of Central Oklahoma, a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Central Oklahoma, a Specialist’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Georgia State University and a Doctorate’s Degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Georgia.

 

Senator Rhett served as a Master Sergeant in the United States Air Force Reserves at Dobbins Air Force Reserve Base in Marietta, Georgia, where he managed personnel, prepared young people for leadership and worked as a training instructor for the 700th Airlift Squadron. As part of his 25+ years of enlisted service, he has received the United States Air Force Meritorious Service Medal.

 

 

 

 

Senator Rhett was born and raised in public housing on 125th Street in  Harlem, New York City. (General Grant Public Houses / 1315 Amsterdam Ave, just down the street from the World Famous Apollo Theatre.) That is his apartment building in the background.

He is a graduate of St. Joseph Elementary School  & Bishop Dubois Catholic High School.

He was a member of Grant Houses Community Center Steel Drum Band, 1st Class Boy Scout at the Church of the Masters, played little league baseball & football with Leroy Otis' Cardinals, basketball & football with Riverside Church, and high school varsity basketball at  Bishop Dubois Catholic High School.

He ran with Coty and the 1315 Turks!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In his civilian life, Senator Rhett was a Vocational, Educational and Instructional Coordinator at Jefferson Place and City of Refuge. The organizations gave homeless men and battered homeless women a second chance at life by creating a curriculum that emphasizes vocational and personal development.

 

Combining classes about job seeking skills, basic computer skills, and co-facilitating substance abuse recovery classes, students are able to find housing, jobs, and open a new bank account with Capitol City Bank. The organization is location in the city of Atlanta’s English Avenue “Bluff” Community.

 

Rhett went into the local metro jail recruited ex-offenders and enrolled them as students in Senator Rhett’s program.

 

Senator Rhett currently works with the Cobb County School District System Adult Education Programs: Oakwood Campus.

 

Senator Rhett was the Jr. Vice Commander of American Legion Post 296. Among the various community committees he serves on, he is a member of the Cobb County NAACP, Cobb County SCLC, Austell Community Taskforce, Powder Springs Economic Development Committee, Six Flags Drive Stakeholder Economic Community Development Committee and the Cobb County Commission of the Children & Youth.

 

Senator Rhett is a trustee for Turner Chapel AME Church in Marietta, Georgia.

 

 

Education:

 

Educational Leadership

Doctorate Degree,

University of Georgia (UGA): Athens

 

Educational Leadership

Specialist Degree,

Georgia State University

 

Educational Leadership

Masters Degree,

University of Central Oklahoma

 

Business Education

Bachelors Degree

University of Central Oklahoma

 

Communications and African-American History

Bachelors Degree,

State University of New York

 

Administrative Management

Associate Degree

Community College of the United States Air Force

 

 

 

 

 

Commuunity and Service Involements

 

  • United States Air Force Reserves (Master Sergeant)Retired

  • Adult Education Instructor

  • (Retired) Educator State of Georgia

  • State of Georgia Democratic Committee Representative 

  • Cobb County SPLOST Tax Oversight Committee: Secretary

  • American Legion Post 296 Jr. Vice Commander

  • Cobb County NAACP

  • Cobb SCLC

  • Powder Springs Economic Development Committee Member

  • Six Flags Drive Stakeholder Economic Community Development 

  • Six Flags Drive Opportunity Zone Community Café Facilitator

  • Cobb County Commission of the Children & Youth

  • Austell Community Task Force: Secretary

  • Powder Springs Community Task Force

  • Osborne Community Task Force

  • Annual Mableton Day Committee Member

  • Rajaan Bennett Memorial Project Coordinator

  • Powder Springs· Editor of District 4 Community Update Newsletter 

  • Moderator for candidates forums (Osborne, Austell& Powder Springs) Serenity House Community Center INC·

  • Back to school Jam (Austell & Powder Springs Community Task Force)

  • Stop the violence Rally Moderator (Austell Six Flags Drive)

  • Sting INC Economic Development Board Member

  • Destiny World Church Men’s Talk

  • Turner Chapel Trustee