With the newly redrawn district lines in Georgia, for the first time in many years all of Jeff Davis County is in one State House District.
House District 157 includes all of Jeff Davis and Evans counties, about half of Appling County and almost all of Tattnall County.
In the past, Jeff Davis County was part of three different House Districts and, until this year, was represented in the State House by Dominic LaRiccia of Douglas, Robert Pruitt of Eastman and Leesa Hagans of Lyons.
With the new District 157, the county is now represented by Bill Werkheiser of Glennville.
Rep. Werkheiser has served as a State Representative since 2015 and is up for re-election this year. He is a 1982 graduate of Georgia Southern University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Technology. His career experience includes operating printing companies for 30 years and owning a real estate business for 15 years. He has served as president of the Glennville Chamber of Commerce, Tattnall Chamber of Commerce, Glennville Rotary Club, Glennville Merchants and Professionals Association, and Reidsville Airport Authority.
For the 2021-2022 legislative session, Rep. Werkheiser is chair of the Industry and Labor Committee, and is a member of the House Appropriations Committee, Energy, Utilities and Telecommunications Committee, Juvenile Justice Committee, Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee, and State Properties Committee.
Rep. Werkeiser and his wife, Kathy, are members of Glennville Baptist Church. He is a member of the Gideons, Kairos Prison Ministry and East Georgia Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
The Werkheisers live in Glennville where Kathy is a registered nurse working in labor and delivery. They have four children and four grandchildren.