Bill Heath

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Bill Heath
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Georgia State Senate District 31
Incumbent
In office
2005 - Present
Term ends
January 8, 2017
Years in position 10
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$17,341.68/year
Per diem$173/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First elected2004
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Georgia House of Representatives
2003 - 2004
Personal
ProfessionDeacon
ReligionBaptist
Websites
Office website
Personal website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Bill Heath (b. October 20, 1959) is a Republican member of the Georgia State Senate, representing District 31. He was first elected to the chamber in 2004.

Heath served in the Georgia House of Representatives from 2002 to 2004.

Biography

Heath earned his B.S. in electrical engineering technology from Southern Technical. His professional experience includes working as an Electrical Engineer for Design Specialists and farmer.

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

At the beginning of the 2015 legislative session, Heath served on the following committees:

Georgia Committee Assignments, 2015
Appropriations
Finance
Government Oversight, Chair
Rules

2013-2014

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

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

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

Issues

Campaign themes

2014

Heath's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[1]

Taxation

  • Excerpt: "As a Georgia State Senator, I believe that we must not raise taxes. The State, Federal and Local governments must live within their means, just as we have to do in our own homes."

Spending

  • Excerpt: "Spending is the greatest problem we have in government today. When the economy grows, so does any government’s ability to spend."

Preserving HOPE

  • Excerpt: "Preserving HOPE and what it offers our students has been and remains one of my top priorities in the Senate."

Life

  • Excerpt: "To define the beginning of life at any point other than the union of a viable egg and sperm would be arbitrary. To define the end of life at any point other than natural death would likewise be arbitrary and in opposition to the Declaration of Independence."

2nd Amendment Rights

  • Excerpt: "When the Constitution says this right should not be infringed, I believe that is what it means. Arms, in and of themselves, are not dangers to anyone or anything except perhaps to a government seeking to dominate over its people or someone who would seek to harm you or your family."

Elections

2014

See also: Georgia State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Georgia State Senate took place in 2014. A primary election took place on May 20, 2014 with a runoff election taking place where necessary on July 22, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 7, 2014. Charles L.R. Winter was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while incumbent William D. "Bill" Heath was unopposed in the Republican primary. Winter was defeated by Heath in the general election.[2][3][4]

Georgia State Senate, District 31 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBill Heath Incumbent 73% 29,647
     Democratic Charles Winter 27% 10,952
Total Votes 40,599

2012

See also: Georgia State Senate elections, 2012

Heath ran in the 2012 election for Georgia State Senate District 30. Heath and Bill Carruth defeated J.K. Rogers in the Republican primary on July 31, 2012. Heath defeated Carruth in the primary runoff election on August 21, 2012.[5] The general election took place on November 6, 2012.[6][7] Heath won re-election in the general election.[8]

Georgia State Senate, District 31, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBill Heath Incumbent 100% 51,950
Total Votes 51,950
Georgia State Senate, District 31 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngBill Heath Incumbent 45.2% 10,071
Green check mark transparent.pngBill Carruth 41.1% 9,158
J.K. Rogers 13.6% 3,028
Total Votes 22,257

2010

See also: Georgia State Senate elections, 2010

Heath won re-election to the 31st District seat in 2010. He defeated Democrat Tracy Bennett in the November 2, 2010, general election.[9]

Georgia State Senate District 31 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBill Heath Incumbent 72.2% 32,900
     Democratic Tracy Bennett 27.8% 12,688
Total Votes 45,588

Heath defeated Republican challenger Pete Bridges in the July 20 primary.[10]

Georgia State Senate District 31 Republican Primary Republican Primary, 2010
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngBill Heath Incumbent 52.7% 8,848
Pete Bridges 47.3% 7,936
Total Votes 16,784

2008

On November 4, 2008, Heath won re-election to the Georgia Senate from Georgia's 31st Senate district. Heath received 47,859 votes in the election, defeating Tracy Bennett (D), who received 24,086 votes.[11] Heath raised $61,946 for his campaign in 2008; Bennett raised $7,297.[12]

Georgia State Senate District 31 General Election, 2008
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBill Heath Incumbent 66.5% 47,859
     Democratic Tracy Bennett 33.5% 24,086
Total Votes 71,945
State legislative candidates endorsed by Tea Party organizations

2006

On November 7, 2006, Heath won re-election to District 31 of the Georgia State Senate against Tracy Bennett (D).[13]

Georgia State Senate District 31 Republican Primary, 2006
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBill Heath Incumbent 68% 25,875
     Democratic Tracy Bennett 32% 12,156
Total Votes 38,031

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Heath is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, Heath raised a total of $827,407 during that time period. This information was last updated on August 22, 2013.[14]

Bill Heath's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Georgia State Senate, District 31 Won $185,257
2010 Georgia State Senate, District 31 Won $97,975
2008 Georgia State Senate, District 31 Won $61,946
2006 Georgia State Senate, District 31 Won $131,457
2004 Georgia State Senate, District 31 Won $205,027
2002 Georgia State House, District 18 Won $64,005
2000 Georgia State House, District 18 Defeated $81,740
Grand Total Raised $827,407

2012

Heath won re-election to the Georgia State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Heath raised a total of $185,257.

2010

Heath won re-election to the Georgia State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Heath raised a total of $97,975.

2008

Heath won re-election to the Georgia State Senate in 2008. During that election cycle, Heath raised a total of $61,946.

2006

Heath won re-election to the Georgia State Senate in 2006. During that election cycle, Heath raised a total of $131,457.

2004

Heath won election to the Georgia State Senate in 2004. During that election cycle, Heath raised a total of $205,027.

2002

Heath won election to the Georgia House of Representatives in 2002. During that election cycle, Heath raised a total of $64,005.

2000

Heath lost the election for the Georgia House of Representatives in 2000. During that election cycle, Heath raised a total of $81,740.

Endorsements

Heath was endorsed by:

  • Haralson County T.E.A. Party Patriots[15]

Personal

Heath and his wife, Susan, have two children.

Scorecards

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2014

In 2014, the Georgia State Legislature was in session from January 13 through March 21.[16]

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.[17]

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

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Georgia State Senate - District 31
2005–present
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