Senator Ed Harbison
Ed Harbison, of Columbus, was first elected to the Senate from the 15th District in 1992. Sen. Harbison represents the citizens of Chattahoochee County and portions of Muscogee County.
Prior to his election to the Senate, Sen. Harbison served as second vice-president of the Muscogee County School Board and was a member of the Columbus Charter Review Commission.
Born in Prattville, Alabama and raised in Montgomery, Sen. Harbison graduated from the Career Academy School of Broadcasting and attended Troy State University at Fort Benning. He served four years in the U.S. Marines.
Sen. Harbison’s wife, Cecilia, whom sadly passed away in 2012, blessed their family with two children, Edward and Ladena.
Sen. Harbison is a public relations and advertising consultant and a broadcast journalist.
Active in the community, Sen. Harbison served on the Mayor’s Committee for a Drug-Free Columbus; the Community Task force on Gangs, the Columbus Charter Review Committee and the Columbus Cable TV Study Commission. He is a 1990 graduate of Leadership Columbus, a member of the A.J. McClung YMCA Board of Directors and a former officer of the Georgia Association of Newscasters.
Sen. Harbison has been featured on NBC’s “Dateline” news program regarding the death penalty, and has been quoted in USA Today on his opposition to a state redistricting plan.
Sen. Harbison has received a number of awards for his professional accomplishments and his community service including: the James Costen Government Services Award, the National Infantry Association's Order of Saint Maurice for distinguished and gallant support of the Infantry, the Dr. John W. Townsend Award for Broadcast Excellence, the Associated Press Annual Award for Best Regularly Scheduled TV Newscast, the PUSH Excellence Award for the Communications Field and the Bambino League Award of Support.
He was recently honored as one of the 50 Most Influential African Americans of Columbus. He has also been honored by Alpha Kappa Alpha for his support of the Heritage Program and cited by the NAACP for a 1989 Radio-Thon.
He received the Columbus Times Newspaper Award for Outstanding Contributions to African-Americans, the Alabama Disabled American Veterans Certificate of Appreciation and the U.S. Marine Corps Appreciation Award. He also received the UPI Pacemaker Award for writing, editing and narrating “The Dreamer’s Dream: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.”
Sen. Harbison was honored as Legislator of the Year for 1994 by the Georgia Pharmacy Association for his efforts to improve the quality of health care in the state. He is also the recipient of the Progressive Men’s Club’s prestigious Man of the Year Award for 1994.