Nan Orrock

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Nan Grogan Orrock...

Nan Orrock got her start in politics[1]through the civil rights movement, when she stepped into the streets on Aug. 28, 1963 to join the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. She went on to work for the SNCC (Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee) in Atlanta and Mississippi, led a community civil rights project in Virginia’s Black Belt counties, helped launch an alternative newspaper and joined women’s empowerment efforts in Atlanta.

Union activism

Orrock worked seventeen years for Nabisco and was active in the Bakery, Confectionery and Tobacco Worker’s International Union.

Georgia House of Representatives/Senate

Senator Nan Orrock was elected to the Georgia Senate in 2006, following her service in the House of Representatives for two decades. During her tenure in the House, she was the first woman elected to hold the position of majority whip. She also served as the governor’s floor leader, a member of the Speakers Policy Committee and a committee chair.

Senator Orrock is vice-chair of the Interstate Cooperation Committee and serves on the Higher Education, Urban Affairs, Health and Human Services, Science and Technology and Agriculture and Consumer Affairs committees.

She is a founder of both the Georgia Legislative Women’s Caucus and the Working Families Caucus.


Nan Orrock is the president of Women Legislators’ Lobby, a national network of progressive women legislators who advocate for federal policies to reduce wasteful military spending and to improve the underfunded services to families, children, the disabled and the elderly.

Board service includes the Sapelo Foundation, the Center for Policy Alternatives, Institute of Energy and Environmental Research, the advisory council of SCLC/W.O.M.E.N, former executive director of the Fund for Southern Communities and membership of BCTWV.