Georgia State Senate Press Office

By: Sen. Burt Jones (R – Jackson)

Today, Sen. Burt Jones (R – Jackson) attended the White House for a ceremony commemorating the signing of the Phase One Trade Agreement between the United States and China.

“I have had the privilege of serving on the United States’ Foreign and Domestic Trade Council for some time now and the official signing of the Phase One Agreement signifies a huge turning point in our world of trade,” said Sen. Jones. “Georgia’s ability to trade with other nations would not only establish the state’s presence and competitiveness abroad, but it would also help lead to stronger economic development. I truly believe this agreement will help Georgia businesses thrive and I look forward to continued discussions.” 

In 2017, Sen. Jones was appointed by the Trump administration to join the Foreign and Domestic Trade Council. In 2018, he was appointed to represent Georgia on the Intergovernmental Policy Advisory Committee on Trade (IGPAC). The IGPAC serves as an extension of the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) and seeks to address all state and local government trade policy matters within USTR.

The United States finalized the Phase One Trade Agreement with China on Friday, December 13, 2019, and it was officially signed on January 15, 2020. The signing would finalize this phase of the agreement, before discussions begin for a Phase Two deal.

For more details on the Phase One Agreement, you can follow this link:


Sen. Burt Jones is the Chairman of the Insurance and Labor Committee. He represents the 25th Senate District which includes Baldwin, Butts, Greene, Jasper, Morgan and Putnam counties and portions of Bibb, Jones and Walton counties.  He may be reached at 404.656.0082 or via email at


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