Dear Friends,

Elections require faith and confidence in the system – the belief that those counting ballots and doing the math behind the scenes are all above board and honest. As Americans, we know that every vote matters, and exercising our freedom to cast a ballot is an integral part of our civic duty.

Unfortunately, in the 76 days till the November 3rd election, Democrats are pushing to implement a nationwide scheme to force states to adopt something called “universal mail-in voting.” Unlike traditional absentee voting, universal mail-in voting is where the state mails out ballots or applications for ballots to every person listed on the voter rolls. Several states have rushed to implement this ill-conceived system, and little has been done in these states to prevent voter fraud.

In Georgia, voters simply have to request an absentee ballot and then apply. It’s a fast and easy process, but the identity verification dramatically reduces the risks of voter fraud. Universal mail-in voting schemes don’t require identity verification. Ballots are simply sent to any person on the list, and my fellow colleagues and I are concerned that this will lead to fraud-ridden ballot harvesting, ballots being issued to deceased voters or folks who have moved out-of-state, ballots being lost, and so on. 

As I described here last week, Democrats are pressing to enact changes in Washington that would force states into adopting universal mail-in systems and banning photo ID requirements. Speaker Pelosi believes these changes will help Democrats in November, and she was even willing to derail negotiations on another coronavirus stimulus package to push her outrageous partisan demands.

Democrats are making a lot of headlines with wild accusations – with zero evidence, as usual – that President Trump is somehow trying to rig the election. As is often the case, Democrats are quick to accuse others of what they are guilty of doing. I believe that each state knows its own citizens best. Georgia knows Georgians. Election laws should be left up to the states – not Nancy Pelosi.


We’re halfway through the August District Work Period, and while Congress is in recess, my team and I are still hard at work for you. We are proud to help veterans receive their well-deserved benefits, seniors collect their social security checks, last-minute travelers obtain passports, and nonprofits and educational institutions gain grant awards. In fact this year, we’ve already help return more than $6.2 million to 10th District residents through grants, casework, and U.S. Service Academy scholarships. Here is what some them have to say:

“I know that most politicians promise a lot and rarely deliver but you, sir, are the exception. It seems you are truly there for us. I still don’t know why the V.A. didn’t handle the issue without you having to get involved but they didn’t. Bottom line, she is getting the help she needs. It’s happening because you helped make it happen.” –  Veteran’s grandfather in Winder

“I am typing this with tears flowing. I cried out to God in utter frustration very long and hard this morning as I prepared for work about what I have endured. It has been an extremely difficult and trying two years. I am humbled and grateful for your efforts and of this good news. I pray you find pure delight and joy in your life's work. Thank you.”—  Newly naturalized citizen in McDonough

“You are my hero! I can’t thank you enough for what you did for me. I’m glad God gave you the knowledge to work out whatever cases come your way. On June 19th was my deadline, and you met it in time.” – Social Security recipient in Winder

“I am so happy to tell you I HAVE SET FOOT ON AMERICAN SOIL!!! Woohoo! I am currently in Dulles, Washington and will be flying out to Georgia at 7:15 in the morning. Thank you so much for absolutely everything.” – Traveler returning from South Africa

“Thank you so much for responding and so quickly. I am in tears and know that dad will be so elated that we have someone that is actually taking the time to help. This has started to bring back my faith in being able to depend on our members and employees in Congress.”  – Daughter of a Vietnam veteran in Grayson

“I have received a favorable decision from the V.A. and was awarded 100% compensation for my service connected disabilities. Thank you very much for your help.” – Veteran in Wrightsville

From the bottom of my heart, it is my honor to serve you. If you’re having problems with a federal agency or need questions answered about any of the constituent services my office provides, I invite you to contact my Monroe office at (770) 207-1776 or my Milledgeville office at (478) 457-0007.


One major event that I host each August is Service Academy Day. This year, it will take place at 10:00 am at Georgia Military College on Saturday, August 29th, and there’s still time for you to sign up! 

Come learn how you may receive a world-class education at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, NY; the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD; the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO; the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, NY; and the U.S. Coast Guard Academy (USCGA) in New London, CT. Admission to these prestigious institutions is highly coveted and comes with tuition paid in full, health benefits, a stipend, and the commitment to serve in the military for a minimum of five years upon graduation. Students, parents, and guidance counselors are all invited to learn about the admissions process and meet with officials from the academies and representatives from my congressional office.

And don’t worry. The event will include extra health and safety measures, including temperature checks at the door, the provision of hand sanitizer and masks, and designated seats to ensure the required social distancing.  

To register for Service Academy Day, please send an email to by Tuesday, August 25th. And visit my website for more information about the academy nomination process.


I guess you could say that this month’s Hice Headliner was just mint to be. What a re-leaf it is to honor someone who is doing good in the community instead of focusing on all the chaos that is making the news headlines. That’s why I was pleased to recognize Washington resident, Ruth Rogers – she’s kind of a big dill! This spring, Mrs. Rogers led an extraordinary volunteer effort to beautify downtown Washington.  She, along with her sister Mary Burt and friend Hilda Wright, put in countless hours designing, planting, and tending flowerbeds, planter pots, and planter boxes throughout the downtown area.

Mrs. Rogers is truly one unbeleafable lady. She’s a retired schoolteacher who utilized an outdoor classroom to instruct her students in engaging, planting projects. An avid and knowledgeable gardener, she previously ran a part-time greenhouse endeavor in the community, and she has dedicated her time to church, school, and retirement groups to share her skills and encourage others. It is heartening to know that there are people like, Mrs. Rogers, who take pride in their community. Lettuce be thankful for Mrs. Rogers and to everyone who has enriched the City of Washington with this beautification project. It’s definitely the encourage-mint we need. 

Is there someone you’re rooting for? To nominate an outstanding individual who is making a positive impact in your community, please send an email to Speak now or forever hold your peas.

As always, please do not hesitate to reach out to my office with any questions or concerns. For continued updates on my work for you follow me on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.



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