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Clayton State welcomes State Rep. Yasmin Neal

Special Photo: State Rep. Yasmin Neal (D-Jonesboro) is scheduled to speak next week to Clayton State University students, faculty, and staff members, on the importance of women in politics.

Special Photo: State Rep. Yasmin Neal (D-Jonesboro) is scheduled to speak next week to Clayton State University students, faculty, and staff members, on the importance of women in politics.

State Rep. Yasmin Neal (D-Jonesboro) is scheduled to speak next week to Clayton State University students, faculty, and staff members, on the importance of women in politics.

John Shiffert, director of university relations, said Neal will not only touch on the topic of women in politics, but will share some of her own personal experiences.

Neal is slated to speak Tuesday, Nov. 1, at 11 a.m., in room UC267 of the James M. Baker University Center, located on Clayton State’s main campus, said Shiffert.

He added that Neal currently serves the 75th Legislative District in the Georgia General Assembly, representing Clayton County.

Neal was born and raised in Jonesboro, and at 25, Shiffert said, is the youngest member of the Georgia House of Representatives.

She also has a non-profit organization, called Clayton Rocks, he said, which engages Clayton County youths in enrichment activities, including a self-defense class Neal taught to teenage girls this past summer.

Aside from serving as a state lawmaker, and directing a non-profit agency, Neal also is a Clayton County Police Officer, in the department’s Major Felony Unit.

She serves on the advisory board at Devry University, and is a member of both the Georgia Legislative Black Caucus and the Young Elected Officials Network.

“During her time in the House of Representatives, in 2011, she received the Conservation Award from the Georgia Conservation Voters, for consistently voting to protect all of Georgia’s natural resources,” said Shiffert.

The event, he added, is only open to Clayton State University students, staff and faculty members.