Former state Rep. Lynne Riley of Johns Creek was named state treasurer by Gov. Brian Kemp in May, a move that makes her the first woman to lead Georgia’s state treasury.
Riley’s appointment as treasurer follows more than a decade of public service, from her local leadership in the Fulton County Commission to the Georgia General Assembly and most recently as the Georgia Department of Revenue commissioner.
“It’s a great honor,” Riley said. “Gov. Kemp has given me a new challenge and a new opportunity to serve the state of Georgia. I’m very excited about it.”
As state treasurer, Riley’s office will oversee the state’s investments and ensure all funds are distributed to the appropriate agencies.
In some ways, she said, her appointment is a journey full circle. Her first job was at a community savings bank.
“Way back in the 1970s, I learned the different functions of savings and investment early in my career,” she said. “So at this point in my career, I’m coming back to my origins.”
In the public sector, Riley served from 2004 until 2010 on the Fulton County Board of Commissioners, where she worked toward the creation of the cities of Sandy Springs, Johns Creek and Milton.
In 2010, Riley was elected as a Republican to represent Johns Creek in the Georgia House of Representatives. She served there for nearly four years, including on the House Ways and Means Committee.
“Public roles are always about solving the problems that are presented to you by the citizens, in whatever role you might be in at the time,” Riley said.
During the 2013-2014 legislative session, Riley was the Fulton County House Delegation chair, and she served as one of then Gov. Nathan Deal’s floor leaders in 2014. In January 2015, Deal appointed her to serve as state revenue commissioner.
“A dedicated public servant throughout her entire career, Lynne was a strong advocate for her constituents in the General Assembly and led the Department of Revenue with integrity and skill,” Kemp said. “This promotion is well-deserved, given her success within the Deal administration and mine. I am excited to appoint her to this position, and I am confident that she will excel in her new role.”
Riley said her primary goals for her new office are sound fiscal management, ensuring the treasury is secure and maximizing returns on investment.
She anticipates the biggest challenge will be ensuring that all the agencies in the state have the funds available when they are needed.
A resident of Johns Creek, Riley is a member of the Emory Johns Creek Hospital Board of Trustees and a member of the Rotary Club of Johns Creek.
“What a wonderful honor to be bestowed on one of our citizens,” Johns Creek Mayor Mike Bodker said. “I think Gov. Kemp made a wonderful choice in Lynne Riley.”
Riley also serves as vice president of the Federation of Tax Administrators, a board member of the Southeast Association of Tax Administrators and a member of the Internal Revenue Service’s Security Summit Leadership Team.
“I’m just a very honored citizen of the state of Georgia that has enjoyed living here and raising my family for the past 30 years,” Riley said. “I’ve served in many public roles, each a delight and an opportunity to grow in my talents and my knowledge and experience. To be able to use that for the benefit of the citizens is truly an amazing journey.”