Georgia Representative David Knight Named AKC Legislator Of The Year

Atlanta, GA—The American Kennel Club (AKC®) announced today that it is honoring Georgia Representative David Knight with the AKC Legislator of the Year award in recognition of his strong advocacy for responsible dog ownership. Representative Knight previously received the award 
in 2015.

Sheila Goffe, AKC Vice President, Government Relations, commented, “It is an honor to once again recognize Representative David Knight as AKC Legislator of the Year. We appreciate his consistent support for responsible dog ownership policies and his dedication to protecting the health and wellbeing of dogs in Georgia.”

“Representative Knight recognizes the benefits of dog ownership and the particular value of purpose-bred working, sporting and service dogs. His thoughtful, insightful approach to canine legislation demonstrates that he is both a knowledgeable statesman as well as a friend to Georgia dog owners.”

A formal presentation of the award is scheduled for late May in Griffin, Georgia.

About the Award

The James S. Holt Memorial Award for Promotion of Responsible Dog Ownership in Legislation, better known as the Legislator of the Year award, was established to honor legislators who demonstrate a commitment to promoting responsible dog ownership, the well-being of dogs, and protecting the rights of dog owners, exhibitors, and responsible breeders. The award is a memorial to the late Dr. James S. Holt, who served for 17 years as the AKC’s federal legislative consultant, participated in the sport of purebred dogs for more than 40 years, and served as an AKC Delegate and Board member.

About Representative David Knight

Representative Knight was elected to the Georgia House of Representatives in 2004 and represents House District 130, which includes parts of Spalding, Henry and Lamar counties. He serves as Chairman of the Games, Fish and Parks Committee and is a member of the Appropriations, Banks and Banking, Small Business Development, Ways and Means, Higher Education, and Rules Committees. Knight has been a leader in advocating for policies that promote responsible dog ownership, support the rights of responsible dog owners, oppose arbitrary limit laws and breed-specific bans, and protect the wellbeing of all dogs. He has demonstrated a strong dedication to the care and welfare of animals and promoting responsible dog ownership throughout his tenure. Representative Knight is an enthusiastic sportsman and purpose-bred dog owner. David has Case, an AKC field champion Vizsla and an English Cocker 
named Abby.

About the American Kennel Club

Founded in 1884, the American Kennel Club is a not-for-profit organization which maintains the largest registry of purebred dogs in the world and oversees the sport of purebred dogs in the United States. The AKC is dedicated to upholding the integrity of its registry, promoting the sport of purebred dogs and breeding for type and function. Along with its more than 5,000 licensed and member clubs and its affiliated organizations, the AKC advocates for the purebred dog as a family companion, advances canine health and well-being, works to protect the rights of all dog owners and promotes responsible dog ownership. More than 22,000 competitions for AKC-registered purebred dogs are held under AKC rules and regulations each year including conformation, agility, obedience, rally, tracking, herding, lure coursing, coonhound events, hunt tests, field and earthdog tests. Affiliate AKC organizations include the AKC Humane Fund, AKC Canine Health Foundation, AKC Reunite and the AKC Museum of the Dog. For more information, visit

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