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Robyn A. Crittende: The First African American Woman To Head The Georgia Department Of Revenue

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Born on Long Island in New York, Robyn A. Crittenden is an American lawyer practicing in the state of Georgia. She served as Georgia’s 28th secretary of state. She is the first African American woman to serve as commissioner of revenue for Georgia.

Yale University awarded Crittenden a Bachelor of Arts in 1986, and the University of Michigan Law School awarded her a Juris Doctor in 1989.

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In the State of Georgia, Commissioner Crittenden has held a number of positions in the public sector. From July 2015 until November 2018, she oversaw the state’s efforts to build Georgia families and safeguard defenseless children and adults from abuse, neglect, and exploitation. She also served as Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Human Services (DHS).

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She was chosen by Nathan Deal, Georgia’s former governor, to serve as the state’s 28th secretary of state in November 2018.

The first African American woman to hold a statewide office in Georgia history, Commissioner Crittenden became Secretary of State, making history. Governor Brian Kemp restored Commissioner Crittenden to his position as DHS Commissioner in January 2019.

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Robyn A. Crittenden Sworn in as Georgia Secretary of State by Gov. Nathan Deal , 2018 (Atlanta Journal Constitution)

 

Gov. Brian Kemp has appointed Crittenden Commissioner of the George Department of Revenue on July 1, 2021. She succeeds David Curry, who resigned to run for U.S. Congress. As Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Revenue (DOR), Crittenden oversees the collection of taxes throughout the state and the application and enforcement of Georgia’s tax laws. In addition to collecting revenue, she is responsible for a variety of duties, including regulating and enforcing alcohol and tobacco laws, administering motor vehicle registrations and titles, and reviewing county property tax assessments.

Crittenden has also served as executive vice president and chief operating officer of the Georgia Student Finance Commission, where she worked to increase access to education for Georgians after high school. She was also General Counsel at Morehouse University, Executive Vice President and General Counsel at the Georgia Student Finance Commission, and Assistant Vice Chancellor of Legal Affairs-Contracts for the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia. Previously she was an Assistant District Attorney in DeKalb County. Crittenden has experience in the private sector where she was an associate at the Atlanta law firm of Powell, Goldstein, Frazer & Murphy.

Crittenden lives with her daughter Reagan in Tucker, Georgia.

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