Hill to bring military skills to Gold Dome
by Caroline Young
December 30, 2012 12:22 AM | 2217 views | 3 3 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Hunter Hill
Hunter Hill
Newly elected District 6 State Sen. Hunter Hill (R-Smyrna) believes the skills he learned in the military will help him as he prepares to take office.

He grew up in Vinings and went to Westminster in Buckhead and then attended West Point U.S. Military Academy in New York before serving tours in Afghanistan and Iraq.

“I was an infantry officer with a rifle platoon with the 101st Airborne Division,” the Smyrna resident said. “It was very educational and a great leadership opportunity.”

Hill made it back to Atlanta to work for Carter and Associates in 2005, and was called back for a third tour in Afghanistan.

“I came back in 2008, worked at Carter in real estate and got married in 2009,” he said.

Hill works at the Buckhead-based security company SecurAmerica LLC as director of new business development.

Now, as he is about to start his term representing District 6, which covers Vinings and parts of Buckhead and Sandy Springs, he feels like his past has prepared him for the future, he said.

“As a member of a legislative body, you have to learn how to communicate with people and persuade people to your side of the argument,” Hill said. “Those are big parts of my background. Any good leader is a good communicator. I need to try to use those skills that I learned in leading military teams to convince my colleagues to vote with me on legislation that I think is important.”

Business-wise, he said it is important to understand the ways laws affect businesses.

“If we are going to make Georgia more economically competitive, we need to have an understanding of how laws can benefit or hinder businesses from growing or starting here,” he said.

In November, Hill defeated incumbent Doug Stoner (D-Smyrna) with 52.8 percent of the vote.

He said his goals include listening and learning the procedures of the Senate and to be a part of passing ethics reform.

“We also have a Medicaid shortfall that we’re working to get our arms around, and I want to be a part of those conversations,” he said. “I think we need to reform our long-term liabilities like penchant and retirement systems so we can continue to be fiscally responsible as a state.”

He also said he wants to be part of the discussion about empowering principals to lead schools optimally.

Although Hill said he is considering putting forth three or four bills related to his goals, he said he would rather not discuss specifics quite yet.

“I am looking forward to representing the people of the Sixth District,” he said. “They were gracious enough to honor me with their vote. I am looking forward to hearing from them about what they’re interested in and also going down there and representing their values and principals.”

Hill and his wife Shannan have two children, Hunter Jr., 2, and Annie, 1.
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A fellow vet
January 01, 2013
Hunter was an infantry officer and not an inventory clerk. He also is interested in pension reform. Of course, Georgia has one of the most actuarially sound pensions in the country. The system was recently reformed to reduce the defined benefit except for teachers. Teachers contribute over 5% of their pay and the employer contributes approximately 12% to vest after 10 years. At vesting, the employee will receive 2% of their average high two years of pay for every year of work once they reach retirement age. The bigger, unfunded cost, are the medical benefits for employees who have retired after 30 years of service and are not yet on Medicare. The pension system itself is in good shape because of the high contribution rates and because it is its own agency and the funds are invested very conservatively - this state has also been very wise in not using retirement "perks" as goodies for government workers where they promise additional benefits but don't charge for those benefits.

Hunter will do good work - a real servant's heart and a no-nonsense approach.
December 30, 2012
I think "Inventory" maybe should have been "Infantry".
Just Wait
December 30, 2012
An inventory clerk. Yep, that will be a big plus in the General Assembly.
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