State Rep. Scott Holcomb, D-Atlanta, has been named a 2012 Young Leader by the French-American Foundation. He will be participating in the Foundation’s leadership conferences in 2012 and 2013.
Young Leaders are selected by committees in France and the United States through a highly competitive process. Prominent alumni of the program include President Bill Clinton, current French President Jacques Hollande, World Bank President Robert Zoellick, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and General Wesley Clark.
Conferences are designed to foster an exchange of ideas and to deepen the political and cultural connections that cement U.S. and French political and business cooperation. Roundtable discussions cover issues in politics, economics, trade, media, social policy and world affairs.
“I am thrilled to have been named a Young Leader by the French-American Foundation. France is a key player in the European Union, which means it plays an important role in the world economy. This is an important time in the transatlantic relationship,” Holcomb said.
“Georgia needs leaders who understand the global challenges we face, as well as the opportunities that are open to us,” he added.
Holcomb has a background in foreign relations. In recent years, he has been appointed a Life Member of the Council on Foreign Relations, awarded a Marshall Memorial Fellowship and studied international relations at the Bucerius Summer School on Global Governance. He is also a Fellow with the Truman National Security Project, a national security leadership institute which focuses on the effective use of American military, economic and cultural power.
Holcomb was elected in 2010 and was named a Deputy Whip as a freshman. He served on the Defense and Veterans Affairs Committee, Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee, and the Children and Youth Committee.
He is an attorney with more than a decade of experience. He began his career with the U.S. Army JAG Corps and deployed overseas three times. Following his military service, he worked at one of Atlanta’s most prestigious law firms. He has taught part-time at Georgia Tech and is currently enrolled in the MBA program at the University of Georgia. He lives in the Northlake area with his wife Kathleen and their two children, Carter and Kirsten. The family attends Immaculate Heart of Mary Church.