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Kathy Blee Ashe 68

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Kathy Blee Ashe '68

Sociology

Additional Degree(s): M.A.T., Emory; additional graduate work at Georgia State University

Now: Georgia State Representative, House District 56


Childhood sleepovers at the Florida Governor’s Mansion helped spark an interest in politics for Kathy Blee Ashe ’68.

A grade-school classmate was the daughter of Ferris Bryant, Florida’s governor at the time.

“I just had this sort of magical opportunity over Cheerios to learn about his dealings with the legislature,” Ashe said. “I think that had a lot to do with my interest in government that has never gone away.”

That interest has served Ashe well since being elected to the Georgia House of Representatives in 1991. As a member of the Georgia House, Ashe serves on the higher education, children and youth and interstate cooperation committees. She is active in the Women’s Caucus and is the treasurer of the Georgia House Democratic Caucus.

Ashe has served her community in leadership roles in numerous organizations, including the League of Women Voters, Junior League of Atlanta, Atlanta Community Food Bank, United Way of Atlanta, Atlanta Women’s Foundation, Vote Choice, City of Atlanta Charter Review Commission, The Children’s School and Central Health Center.

Ashe graduated from Agnes Scott with a sociology major. She then earned her master of arts in teaching from Emory University and did more graduate work at Georgia State University. She taught in the Marietta and Cobb County schools from 1969 to 1977. 

She has been a member of Leadership Atlanta, Regional Leadership Institute, Atlanta Women’s Network, Georgia Conservancy, Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation, Planned Parenthood of Atlanta and the Agnes Scott College Board of Trustees.