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Mark Butler
Georgia Commissioner of Labor

Mark Butler became Georgia’s ninth Commissioner of Labor on January 10, 2011.

Commissioner Butler, the first Republican to head the Georgia Department of Labor, is committed to fostering a new era in Georgia in cooperation with Gov. Nathan Deal. Commissioner Butler believes, the state has been presented with an opportunity to start over, reshaping the way it views the operations of a labor department as well as its relationship to economic development and the private sector.

The GDOL is a community-based department and will be judged on its customer service, Commissioner Butler has said. The department will focus not only on helping people apply for and receive state benefits in an efficient manner but it will also coordinate with private industry to ensure people are on a steady track toward re-employment.

The Department of Labor, under Commissioner Butler’s management, has worked directly with other public departments including the Georgia Department of Community Affairs and the Georgia Department of Economic Development to foster a “hiring friendly” environment in the state. The Labor Department also has solidified relationships with Georgia’s best training centers – including colleges, universities and technical colleges – to bring Georgia’s labor force into the 21st century.

To this end, in Commissioner Butler’s first year, he created 13 regional coordinators to open lines of communication and work with regional and local organizations. This will help guide communities toward the goal of a full-hire economy and will improve customer service to those using the department as they seek to renew their careers.

To enhance customer service, Commissioner Butler has begun implementation of a plan to increase the department’s online presence. In 2011, new projects were put in place allowing those who wish to apply for benefits online to do so. Likewise, companies wishing to make their Unemployment Insurance payments online now have this opportunity.

Commissioner Butler served the previous eight years in the Georgia General Assembly, representing House District 18, comprised of Carroll and Haralson counties. During that time, he served as the Chairman of the House Appropriations Human Resources Sub-Committee, which oversees all operations of the budget for several of the largest state agencies, including the Departments of Labor, Human Services and Behavioral Health.

For more than 20 years, Commissioner Butler worked with his family’s small business in Carrollton as a real estate appraiser. He is committed to promoting business growth and development across Georgia. As a former business owner he understands that people want government agencies to offer ways to help, rather than obstruct, economic growth.

Commissioner Butler, a native of Carrollton, graduated from Auburn University with a degree in Public Administration. He has two children, a daughter Sydney and son Blake. Commissioner Butler and his family are members of Tabernacle Baptist Church in Carrollton.
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