Congressman Rob Woodall

Representing the 7th District of Georgia

“Marsy’s Law for Georgia” Honors Rep. Rob Woodall for His Advocacy on the Behalf of Victims and Survivors

June 7, 2019
Press Release

LAWRENCEVILLE, GA – Today, U.S. Representative Rob Woodall was honored by “Marsy’s Law for Georgia” for his exceptional service in support of crime victims’ rights. Last November, Georgians overwhelmingly voted in favor of Amendment 4, Marsy’s Law, on the 2018 midterm ballot. Before the vote, Representative Woodall voiced his support for Marsy’s Law and advocated for expanding constitutional rights for victims of violent crimes.

“I was proud to work for survivors and victims of domestic abuse, sexual assault, and gang violence as we worked together to bring Marsy’s Law across the finish line. Protecting victims of violent crimes from the very criminals who perpetrated the crime is our responsibility, and this ensures that it happen,” said Congressman Woodall. “This law is a win for all Georgians, especially those who know what it’s like to live in fear, and I am grateful to the many hands that helped push this issue to the forefront and bring Marsy’s Law to fruition.”

“Congressman Woodall’s early support of Marsy’s Law for Georgia helped build the momentum that led to this constitutional amendment passing by one of the highest margins in state history,” said Erinn Mahathey, National Outreach Director for Marsy’s Law for All. “As one of the first members of the Georgia delegation to speak out for victims, his leadership on this issue will pay off for Georgians for generations to come. We’re proud to single out his work with this award.”

Background:

  • Marsy’s Law was named for Marsalee “Marsy” Nicholas, who was tragically killed by her ex-boyfriend in 1983. A week after Marsy was murdered, her parents walked into a grocery store and were confronted by the accused murderer. The family was not alerted that the accused murderer was back in the community after being released on bail.
  • The law amends the Georgia State Constitution to include a bill of rights for victims of violent crimes during criminal proceedings. The ballot measure had bipartisan support from both Georgia state and federal lawmakers.
  • Marsy’s Law for All is an effort to provide constitutional rights to crime victims and their families during trial proceedings.
  • Marsy’s Law has been passed in 11 states, including Georgia, and efforts are currently underway in seven others. Marsy’s Law received support from 80 percent of voting Georgians on the 2018 midterm ballot.

Congressman Woodall represents the Seventh Congressional District of Georgia, which includes significant portions of Forsyth and Gwinnett counties. He currently serves on the Rules Committee, the Transportation & Infrastructure Committee, and the Budget Committee.

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