Meet Tonya

Tonya P. Anderson is a  Retired Military Veteran, Pastor, and Former Legislator, Mayor and City council member.

She believes leadership is about finding solutions to the problems families face. During her tenure as Mayor of Lithonia, she completed an amphitheater renovation project and installation of a $1.2 million federally funded streetscape improvement plan. She also oversaw the completion of “The Terraces at Parkview,” a housing complex for 94 low and moderate income families.

In 2012, Tonya was elected to serve as the first State Representative for the newly formed District 92, which covers portions of DeKalb and Rockdale counties.  While a house member, she advocated for higher paying jobs, stronger schools and safer communities. She supported the Fair Chance at Employment Act, which prohibits the use of credit checks against prospective and current employees and licensing reciprocity for veterans seeking state professional licenses. She advocated increasing teacher pay, expanding access to HOPE scholarships, closing the digital divide and opposed the Opportunity School District.  She served on the Defense and Veterans Affairs Committee, Special Rules Committee, Intragovernmental Coordination Committee and Regulated Industries Committee. Furthermore, she served as Chair of the Women’s Legislative Caucus, which is a bipartisan organization that advocates for issues that affect Georgian women and families.

Tonya is a member of several national and local governmental organizations including Women in Government, National Black Caucus of State Legislators, Atlanta Regional Commission, and Leadership DeKalb.  In 2014, she was awarded “Woman of Excellence” award from National Federation of Women Legislators. She currently serves on the DeKalb County Board of Health.

Tonya retired in 2012 from the Air Force Reserve after 21 years of service and continues to volunteer and advocate for veterans’ services. In addition, she volunteers in the community through the Salvation Army, NCNW, the NAACP, and several non-profit boards.  She was awarded the Woman of Influence Award in 2015 from Women Veterans for Social Justice, Inc.

She is an ordained minister and co-pastors Stronghold Christian Church East with her husband. She holds a degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Management from Alabama State University as well as a Masters of Divinity from Luther Rice University.