Senator David Perdue Pays Tribute To Woody Woodside

“Much of Brunswick’s success - and indeed the success of our entire state - can be attributed to Woody Woodside.”

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA) today spoke on the Senate floor in honor of Woody Woodside, retiring president of the Brunswick-Golden Isles Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Woodside has been president of the Chamber since 1985. 

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“I rise to speak about a personal friend of mine – a man by the name of Woody Woodside. He’s actually here with us today in the United States Senate Gallery. Woody is the epitome of what makes America great. He’s an institution in South Georgia. Woody has never met a stranger. He’s a man of character and a joy to be around. 

“Woody graduated from The Citadel and spent 23 years serving our country in the Army and the Georgia Army National Guard. He later worked 13 years as a congressional staffer for Congressman Bo Ginn and Congressman Lindsay Thomas, both of whom represented Georgia’s 1st Congressional District. Woody then became president of the Brunswick-Golden Isles Chamber of Commerce in Glynn County, where my wife Bonnie and I today reside. During his 34 years at the Chamber, Woody has overseen a number of major economic development projects. Much of Brunswick’s success – and indeed the success of our entire state – can be attributed to Woody Woodside. Woody is honest, persistent, and reliable. He knows how to get things done. 

“Woody has long been an advocate for Georgia’s ports, and he played a pivotal role in securing funding to deepen the Brunswick Harbor. That project was completed in 2007 and enabled the port to specialize in ‘roll-on, roll-off’ cargo, like cars, trucks, and heavy construction equipment. Because of that, today, the Brunswick Port is the No. 1 port in the United States for new auto imports and the No. 2 port for roll-on, roll-off cargo. It’s an amazing development in just a decade. This port is a major economic driver in Coastal Georgia, and supports 11,000 jobs in the Brunswick area.

“Woody has also worked to develop a strong and diverse base of employers in the area. Today, Glynn County is home to the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC), which is the largest homeland security training center in the United States. It’s also home to companies like Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation, a major medical center, the College of Coastal Georgia, and a strong tourism industry.

“One of Woody’s top priorities is workforce development, and has been throughout his entire career. In 2009, through partnerships with business and education leaders, Woody helped open the Golden Isles College and Career Academy. It was one of the first programs of its kind in the state. Last year, Golden Isles College and Career Academy was named the best career academy in Georgia.

“Clearly, our citizens, our community, and our entire state are better off because of Woody Woodside’s leadership, dedication, and perseverance. Woody – Bonnie and I can’t thank you enough for all you’ve done for us personally and for the state of Georgia. We are proud to know you and to call you our friend. We wish you and Ellen all the best in your retirement, and I know this won’t be the last we hear of Woody Woodside.”


Senator Perdue is the only Fortune 500 CEO in Congress and is serving his first term in the United States Senate, where he represents Georgia on the Armed Services, Banking, Budget, and Agriculture Committees.