About WiLL President Nan Orrock
Senator Nan Orrock is the President of the Women Legislators’ Lobby, a national network of women state legislators launched by Women’s Action for New Directions in 1991. After ten terms in the Georgia State House of Representatives, serving as the first female House Majority Whip, she was elected in 2006 from Atlanta’s downtown neighborhoods to the State Senate and serves on Health and Human Services, Higher Education, Science and Technology, Urban Affairs, and Agriculture & Consumer Affairs.
Sen. Orrock’s legislative expertise includes health policy, women's issues, child/family policy, workplace issues, civil liberties, civil rights, and environmental issues. She is a founder of both the Georgia Legislative Women's Caucus and the Working Families Agenda caucus.
Among Orrock's successful legislative initiatives are passage of the Georgia Family Medical Leave Act, the Prescriptive Equity for Contraceptives Act, the Chlamydia Screening Act, Georgia Hate Crimes Act, and the Omnibus AIDS statute. She was named Public Health Legislator of the Year for her efforts. Orrock worked with a legislative team to pass landmark legislation regulating landfills and continues to monitor landfill issues and advocate for environmentally sound policy on air and water, solid waste, and nuclear waste.
Senator Orrock currently chairs the National Labor Caucus of State Legislators and formerly chaired the Labor and Workforce Development Committee of the National Conference of State Legislators. A member of the Bakery, Confectionery, and Tobacco Union, she was an active shop steward and leader during 17 years with Nabisco. She has played a major role in modernizing Georgia’s unemployment insurance system.
Senator Orrock serves as a Trustee of the Sapelo Foundation and a board member for Women in Government and the Progressive States Network. She has been recognized and honored by the Center for Policy Alternatives, the Center for Democratic Renewal, Georgia Conservation Voters, the Human Rights Campaign Fund, Georgia Equality, Georgia State AFL-CIO, the American Civil Liberties Union, Georgia Federation of Democratic Women, Planned Parenthood, Feminist Women’s Health Center, United Food and Commercial Workers, Bakery and Confectionary Workers Local 42, Immigrants' List, and the Progressive States Network.
Her activism began as a young college student when she stepped into the streets with the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. She worked with SNCC in Atlanta and Mississippi and led a community civil rights project in Black Belt counties of her home state of Virginia in the mid-sixties.
Senator Orrock received her B.A. in English from Mary Washington College of the University of Virginia. Her work experience spans the fields of philanthropy, civil rights, union and community organizing. She is the mother of two grown sons.