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Staff Snapshots | Leonel A. Chancey

Nov. 18, 2021 | State Legislatures News | Print

Leonel A. Chancey

Hometown: Fayetteville, Ga.

Role: Policy analyst, House Rules Office, Georgia General Assembly

Years of legislative service: 12 years

Best advice he’s ever received: “Take comments or criticism constructively. Ask yourself if there is any truth to it and what you can learn.”


Why did you choose to work at the legislature?

My grandfather, the Honorable Allen Lumpkin Chancey Jr., was the chief U.S. magistrate judge for the Northern District of Georgia and was a JAG officer in the Army during the Korean conflict. He was committed to helping others through the judicial branch, including implementing the Civil Rights Act in Georgia. His life story inspired me to continue his legacy in public service.

What skill or talent are you most proud of?

My acuity and pragmatism have been essential throughout my career.

Who or what inspires you?

As a history buff, I’m inspired by the stories of historical figures whose resilience and strength helped them rise against challenges.

What’s one thing you love about your state?

One thing I love about the state of Georgia is its rich history.

What are you currently reading/listening to/watching?

“The Laws of Human Nature,” by Robert Greene. Drawing from the ideas and examples of Pericles, Queen Elizabeth I, Martin Luther King Jr. and many others, Greene teaches how to master self-control and develop the empathy that leads to insight.

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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