Cecil Staton

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Cecil Staton
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Georgia State Senate District 18
Incumbent
In office
2005 - Present
Term ends
January 12, 2015
Years in position 9
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$17,341.68/year
Per diem$173/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2004
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sFurman University (1980)
Ph.D.University of Oxford (1988)
OtherSoutheastern Seminary (1982), (1985)
Personal
Place of birthGreenville, South Carolina
ReligionBaptist
Websites
Office website
Personal website
CandidateVerification
Cecil Staton is a Republican member of the Georgia State Senate, representing District 18. He was first elected to the chamber in 2004.

Biography

Staton earned his B.A. from Furman University and his Ph.D. from Oxford University. His professional experience includes owning publishing and broadcasting companies, and working as an educator at both Mercer University and Brewton-Parker College.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Georgia Committee Assignments, 2013
Appropriations
Assignments
Banking and Financial Institutions
Higher Education
Reapportionment and Redistricting
Regulated Industries and Utilities
Rules

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

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

Issues

Presidential preference

2012

See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Cecil Staton endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [1]

Elections

2012

See also: Georgia State Senate elections, 2012

Staton ran in the 2012 election for Georgia State Senate District 18. Staton defeated Spencer Price in the Republican primary on July 31, 2012, and was unchallenged in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[2][3]

Georgia State Senate, District 18, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngCecil Staton Incumbent 100% 57,470
Total Votes 57,470
Georgia State Senate, District 18 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngCecil Staton Incumbent 50.5% 10,527
Spencer Price 49.5% 10,324
Total Votes 20,851

Ethics complaint filed by challenger

On July 25, 2012, challenger Spencer Price filed an ethics complaint against Staton.[4] According to a press release from his campaign, Price alleged that Staton participated in, and benefited from, a conspiracy to divert funds from the Georgia Republican Senatorial Trust to their campaigns.[4] Price also alleged that Staton received an in-kind donation in the form of campaign mailers from a political action committee also funded by the Georgia Republican Senate Caucus.[4]

2010

See also: Georgia State Senate elections, 2010

Staton won re-election to the 18th District seat in 2010. Staton was unopposed in the November 2, 2010 election.[5]

Georgia State Senate, District 18
2010 General election results
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Cecil Staton (R) 42,600 100.0%

2008

On November 4, 2008, Staton won re-election to the Georgia Senate from Georgia's 18th Senate district. Staton ran unopposed in the general election, and he received 59,792 votes.[6] Staton raised $145,238 for his campaign.[7]

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Staton is available dating back to 2004. Based on available campaign finance records, Staton raised a total of $751,453 during that time period. This information was last updated on August 22, 2013.[8]

Cecil Staton's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Georgia State Senate, District 18 Won $259,993
2010 Georgia State Senate, District 18 Won $82,045
2008 Georgia State Senate, District 18 Won $145,238
2006 Georgia State Senate, District 18 Won $106,346
2004 Georgia State Senate, District 18 Won $157,831
Grand Total Raised $751,453

2012

Staton won re-election to the Georgia State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Staton raised a total of $259,993.
Georgia State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Cecil Staton's campaign in 2012
Staton, Cecil$52,000
Chance for Senate$5,000
Georgia Trial Lawyers Association$4,500
Friends of Tommie Williams$3,000
Underwood, Bill$3,000
Total Raised in 2012$259,993
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Staton won re-election to the Georgia State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Staton raised a total of $82,045.

2008

Staton won re-election to the Georgia State Senate in 2008. During that election cycle, Staton raised a total of $145,238.

2006

Staton won re-election to the Georgia State Senate in 2006. During that election cycle, Staton raised a total of $106,346.

2004

Staton won election to the Georgia State Senate in 2004. During that election cycle, Staton raised a total of $157,831.

Personal

Staton and his wife, Catherine, have two children.

Scorecards

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2014

In 2014, the Georgia State Legislature was in session from January 13 through March 21.[9]

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.[10]

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

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Georgia State Senate - District 18
2005–present
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