Eddie Lumsden is a life-long resident of Armuchee. He went to the 1969 Armuchee High School prom with Teresa Pearson. They became high school sweethearts, and a few years later they were married.
Soon after high school, Eddie served his country by joining the Air Force/Air Guard. He then became a Georgia State Trooper, patrolling Chattooga and Floyd counties for more than 25 years. During that time, Eddie saw firsthand how bad decisions like drug and alcohol abuse were tearing families a part and impacting our communities.
Teresa became a High School Business teacher at Armuchee. They had two daughters, Julie and Rebecca. Later, the Lumsdens started their own small insurance business to provide clients with insurance and financial service products. Teresa was elected to the Floyd County School Board, serving in that role for twelve years.
After retiring from the State Patrol, Eddie went to work full time in the insurance business. But soon after, he was asked by local Republicans to lead the Floyd County Republican party. Elected chairman in 2005, Eddie went to work building the party, fundraising, and recruiting quality candidates to run for public office. The results were promising, and Eddie established a reputation of being a leader of integrity and strong work ethic.
In 2006, Lumsden was asked again by community leaders to run for the Floyd County Board of Commissioners. He did, and after winning the election in November, he went to work for the people of Floyd County. Re-elected in 2010, Lumsden was soon after elected chairman of the commission by his fellow commissioners. As chairman, he went to work to help get our economy moving again. The results have been promising for our area, with new industry relocating to our area and Floyd’s financial state in good order.
As commissioner, Lumsden led the effort to keep the budget balanced, continue a high bond rating, cut wasteful spending, and reduce the size of government without compromising necessary services. In April of 2012, Lumsden resigned his position on the commission to run for the Georgia State House.
Lumsden attended Georgia Tech and Floyd College, and graduated from Berry College with a B.S. in Communications. He is a member of Georgia Right to Life, the NRA, the Chamber of Commerce, and West Rome Baptist Church, where he serves as a deacon.