State Representative Letitia “Tish” Naghise of Georgia, who was serving her first term, passed away recently. Kaleb McMichen, a spokesman for House Speaker Jon Burns, Naghise passed away on Wednesday.
According to Wan Smith, a friend, and former coworker, Naghise passed away in Atlanta’s Piedmont Hospital after spending several days there. The cause of her death has not been disclosed.
“She was an extraordinary servant leader, an extraordinary and multifaceted leader, who didn’t start or stop with the legislature,” said Smith, who supervised Naghise while she worked for the Georgia Conservation Voters Education Fund, an environmental advocacy organization.
The 59-year-old from Fayetteville comfortably defeated a Republican in the general election to represent Georgia’s House District 68, which comprises parts of Atlanta’s suburbs in southern Fulton and northern Fayette counties.
The webpage Naghise maintains states that she became politically active during the 2008 presidential campaign because of Barack Obama’s Democratic Party.
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She had served on the Democratic state committee and was a delegate to the 2020 DNC. She volunteered for Jon Ossoff, now a U.S. senator, during his 2017 failed bid for the U.S. House of Representatives.
The Democratic Party released a statement praising Naghise as “a kind, caring, hardworking, and committed community leader and public servant” on Wednesday.
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A statement from Senator Jon Ossoff's office in part:
“I am shocked and saddened by news of Rep. Tish Naghise’s passing. I always knew Tish to be a kind, caring, hardworking, and committed community leader and public servant. Georgia will miss Tish.”#GaPol
— The Atlanta Voice (@theatlantavoice) March 9, 2023
Before his first successful attempt at government in 2022, Naghise worked for the Georgia Democratic Party, the Census advocacy group Fair Count, and Georgia Conservation Voters.
Smith praised Naghise, saying he was a master at making connections and a tireless worker for the Georgia Conservation Voters.
“She was a regular person, but she knew everybody,” Smith said. “No matter what part of the state we were organizing in, she knew somebody there or knew somebody who could put her in contact with someone there.”
On her website, Naghise claimed to have experience in both the paralegal and fraud examination fields. T & C Transportation Enterprises, a trucking company, was partially owned by her, as disclosed in state ethics filings. There was a Nigerian lineage in Naghise’s family.
“Rep. Naghise was my dear friend and a treasured member of the Democratic Caucus,” House Minority Leader James Beverly, a Macon Democrat, said in a statement. “She made an impact from day one at the Capitol, showing up with enthusiasm and grace. She was deeply passionate about fighting for the greater good, which led her to a lifetime of public service and organizing.”
Smith claimed that while one of Naghise’s sons passed away in 2021, she is survived by her husband Charles, and another son. After Naghise’s resignation, Governor Brian Kemp decided to call for a special election.
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Jonesboro’s Democratic Representative Mike Glanton resigned from the House due to health issues, leaving Clayton County with two open seats.
The death of Tish Naghise was confirmed on March 10 by a tweet from Fox Atlanta-
Georgia House Rep. Letitia "Tish" Naghise (D-Fayetteville) has died. https://t.co/I26Og9nErF
— FOX 5 Atlanta (@FOX5Atlanta) March 9, 2023
On March 21, 2018, voters in House District 75 will go to the polls to choose Glanton’s successor. A second round of voting would be held in April if no candidate receives a majority of the vote.