In 2009, a young attorney from Columbus found himself before the Georgia Supreme Court, defending pro-bono, a group of local citizens who felt their tax dollars were mishandled by local government officials. Though the case was an uphill battle, which ensued for over 3 years and through a number appeals, Josh McKoon never gave up. This case profoundly affected McKoon as he would soon find his calling - holding Government accountable to its citizens.
McKoon, a Republican from Columbus, has served in the State Senate since 2011. From the start, McKoon has been recognized as the legislator willing to stand strong with Georgia citizens and have the “tough” conversations regarding policy debate and issues. Immediately after his first election, Josh passionately focused his efforts on furthering government transparency and accountability, which included ethics reform, as well as more transparency through the legislative committee process.
Holding true to his mission of regaining public trust in government, McKoon introduced legislation to impose a cap on special interest gift expenditures to members of the state legislature. After years of advocacy, while navigating the trenches of Capitol Hill politics, McKoon’s relentless grassroots push eventually gained traction as the Georgia General Assembly passed the first bill in state history of its kind, limiting lobbying gifts to state officials.
While ethics reform was a step in the right direction, McKoon soon turned his sights on improving transparency within the committee process. His tireless efforts, which included Facebook live broadcasts of meetings in which he participated, as well as a push for extended time to review conference committee reports, would eventually see success. Today, conference committee reports are required a 24-hour review period before any vote is taken on proposed legislation. And most recently, a $400k budget expenditure was allocated towards wiring every Senate committee room with technology to livestream meetings in real time. McKoon’s colleagues have affectionately referred to the video recording technology as “The Josh,” which he sees as the ultimate compliment.
Following the tumultuous 2016 election cycle, where reports of election tampering, fraud and illegal vote allegations began to flood media headlines, McKoon announced his candidacy for Secretary of State. Josh feels a call to do his part in preserving and defending the bedrock principals of which our nation was founded - ensuring that Georgia elections are honest and fair.
As a small business owner and attorney with an extensive background in election law, Josh is excited to bring his passion, knowledge and “no bull” attitude to the office of Secretary of State. McKoon’s reputation as a staunch defender of conservatism and advocate of taxpayer rights makes him the candidate we need to restore integrity at the ballot box. The young attorney who once stood strong before the Georgia Supreme Court on behalf of local citizens; turned proven leader who stood strong for transparency in state government; will continue to stand strong as the next Secretary of State for ALL citizens, as he demands protection of our nation’s sacred democratic process.
McKoon received his bachelor's degree from Furman University, and his Juris Doctorate from the University of Alabama Law School. Josh married the former Jacqueline Byrd in August of 2016 and their family regularly attends St. Anne Catholic Church.
Recognition & Accomplishments
Consumer Champion Award, Georgia Watch
Clean Water Champion Award, Georgia Water Coalition
2013 “On the Rise Attorney” the Daily Report
“40 Under 40” Award by Maverick PAC, a conservative political action committee
2011 graduate of Leadership Columbus
2014 graduate of Leadership Georgia
United Way of the Chattahoochee Valley, Board of Directors
Muscogee County Juvenile Drug Court, Board of Directors
Big Brothers Big Sisters Association of Greater Columbus, Board of Directors
Urban League of Greater Columbus, Board of Directors
Rotary Club of Columbus
State Bar of Georgia, Member
Alabama State Bar, Member
Knights of Columbus Council #1019, St. Anne’s Church