Bill Cowsert

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Bill Cowsert
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Georgia State Senate District 46
Incumbent
In office
2007 - Present
Term ends
January 12, 2015
Years in position 7
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$17,341.68/year
Per diem$173/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2006
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sPresbyterian College
J.D.University of Georgia School of Law
Personal
BirthdayMay 31, 1963
Place of birthJackson, Mississippi
ProfessionAttorney
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Bill Cowsert (b. May 31, 1963) is a Republican member of the Georgia State Senate, representing District 46. He was first elected to the chamber in 2006.

Cowsert is the Senate Majority Caucus Leader.

Biography

Cowsert earned his J.D. from the University of Georgia. His professional experience includes working as a Partner for Cowsert and Avery.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Cowsert served on the following committees:

Georgia Committee Assignments, 2013
Higher Education, Chair
Appropriations
Judiciary
Natural Resources and the Environment

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Cowsert served on the following committees:

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Cowsert served on the following committees:

Elections

2014

See also: Georgia State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Georgia State Senate will take place in 2014. A primary election took place May 20, 2014; a runoff election will take place where necessary on July 22, 2014. The general election will be held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 7, 2014. Incumbent W.S. "Bill" Cowsert was unopposed in the Republican primary and is unchallenged in the general election.[1][2]

2012

See also: Georgia State Senate elections, 2012

Cowsert ran in the 2012 election for Georgia State Senate District 46. Cowsert ran unopposed in the Republican primary on July 31, 2012. No Democratic candidate filed to run for this seat. The general election took place on November 6, 2012.[3][4] Cowsert ran unopposed in the general election.[5]

Georgia State Senate, District 46, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBill Cowsert Incumbent 100% 53,998
Total Votes 53,998

2010

See also: Georgia State Senate elections, 2010

Cowsert won re-election to the 46th District seat in 2010. He was unopposed in the July 20 primary and had no challengers in the general election on November 2, 2010.[6]

Georgia State Senate District 46 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBill Cowsert Incumbent 100% 36,815
Total Votes 36,815

2008

On November 4, 2008, Cowsert won re-election to the Georgia Senate from Georgia's 46th Senate district. Cowsert received 41,452 votes in the election, defeating Sherry Jackson (D), who received 30,284 votes.[7] Cowsert raised $171,027 for his campaign in 2008; Jackson raised $36,509.[8]

Georgia State Senate District 46 General Election, 2008
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBill Cowsert Incumbent 57.8% 41,452
     Democratic Sherry Jackson 42.2% 30,284
Total Votes 71,736

2006

On November 7, 2006, Cowsert won election to District 46 of the Georgia State Senate against Jane V. Kidd (D).[9]

Georgia State Senate District 46 General Election, 2006
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBill Cowsert 55.7% 21,989
     Democratic Jane V. Kidd 44.3% 17,497
Total Votes 39,486

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Cowsert is available dating back to 2004. Based on available campaign finance records, Cowsert raised a total of $687,014 during that time period. This information was last updated on August 22, 2013.[10]

Bill Cowsert's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Georgia State Senate, District 46 Won $136,885
2010 Georgia State Senate, District 46 Won $72,950
2008 Georgia State Senate, District 46 Won $171,027
2006 Georgia State Senate, District 46 Won $214,459
2004 Georgia State House, District 115 Defeated $91,693
Grand Total Raised $687,014

2012

Cowsert won re-election to the Georgia State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Cowsert raised a total of $136,885.
Georgia State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Bill Cowsert's campaign in 2012
Georgia Trial Lawyers Association$3,500
Hospital Corp of America$3,500
Georgia Association of Realtors$2,500
Georgia Association of Hmos$2,500
Select Management Resources$2,500
Total Raised in 2012$136,885
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Cowsert won re-election to the Georgia State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Cowsert raised a total of $72,950.

2008

Cowsert won re-election to the Georgia State Senate in 2008. During that election cycle, Cowsert raised a total of $171,027.

2006

Cowsert won election to the Georgia State Senate in 2006. During that election cycle, Cowsert raised a total of $214,459.

2004

Cowsert lost the election for the Georgia House of Representatives in 2004. During that election cycle, Cowsert raised a total of $91,693.

Personal

Cowsert and his wife, Amy, have three children.

Scorecards

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2014

In 2014, the Georgia State Legislature was in session from January 13 through March 21.[11]

Legislators are scored on their votes on bills "important to Georgia's economy."
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills "important to Georgia's economy."

2012

In 2012, the Georgia State Legislature was in session from January 9 through March 29.[12]

Legislators are scored on their votes on bills "important to Georgia's economy."

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