What Happened to Tish Naghise? How Ga. Representative Dies While Serving First Term?

It's very mourning that a new Georgia lawmaker Tish Naghise has passed away during her inaugural term in the state House of Representatives.

“She was an extraordinary servant leader, an extraordinary and multifaceted leader, who didn’t start or stop with the legislature,” said Smith, who supervised Naghise when Naghise worked for the Georgia Conservation Voters Education Fund, an environmental advocacy group.

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She was a powerful lady who won a Democratic primary in House District 68 at the age of 59 and resident of Fayetteville, House District 68 includes Atlanta suburbs in southern Fulton and northern Fayette counties, before easily beating a Republican in November.

Naghise said on her website that she got involved in Democratic politics when Barack Obama ran for election in the 2008 presidential race.

Who Was Tish Naghise?

Tish Naghise was a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 2020 and a former state committee member. She volunteered for U.S. Sen. Jon Ossoff’s initial unsuccessful U.S. House run in 2017. The Democrat described Naghise as “a kind, caring, hardworking, and committed community leader and public servant” in a statement Wednesday. Naghise worked for the Democratic Party of Georgia, Census advocacy group Fair Count and Georgia Conservation Voters before making a successful first run for office in 2022.

Smith said Naghise was a champion networker and a fountain of energy who worked for Georgia Conservation Voters full-time while running for office.

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“She was a regular person, but she knew everybody,” Smith said. “No matter what part of the state we were organizing in, she knew somebody there or knew somebody who could put her in contact with someone there.”

Naghise said on her website that she had worked as a paralegal and fraud examiner. She also owned part of a trucking company, T & C Transportation Enterprises, according to state ethics disclosures. Naghise was of Nigerian descent.

“Rep. Naghise was my dear friend and a treasured member of the Democratic Caucus,” House Minority Leader James Beverly, a Macon Democrat, said in a statement. “She made an impact from day one at the Capitol, showing up with enthusiasm and grace. She was deeply passionate about fighting for the greater good, which led her to a lifetime of public service and organizing.”

Naghise is survived by her husband Charles and a son, Smith said, while another son died in 2021.

Voters in House District 75 will go to the polls on March 21 to select a replacement for Glanton. If no one wins a majority, an April runoff would follow.

It's sad that Tish Naghise has passed away recently from unsudden death, the reason behind her death is not disclosed yet.

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