Rick Jeffares

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Rick Jeffares
Georgia State Senate District 17
In office
January 10, 2011 - Present
Term ends
January 12, 2015
Years in position 3
Base salary$17,341.68/year
Per diem$173/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sClayton College and State University
Office website
Campaign website
Rick Jeffares is a Republican member of the Georgia State Senate, representing District 17. He was first elected to the chamber in 2010.

Jeffares served as City Manager of Locust Grove, GA from 2001 to 2008 and on the Henry County Board of Commissioners from 2008 to 2010.


Jeffares earned his B.A.S. in Technology Management at Clayton College and State University. His professional experience includes owning J&T Environmental Services, which provides water management and wastewater treatment services.

Committee assignments


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

Georgia Committee Assignments, 2013
Ethics, Chair
Natural Resources and the Environment, Vice Chair
Economic Development
Regulated Industries and Utilities


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


Campaign themes

On his campaign website, Jeffares listed five issues he is concerned about.[1] They are:

  • Transportation
Excerpt: "Potential business is being lost to places with a much freer flow of traffic. Rick will make it a top priority to ease the traffic burden by advocating for needed transportation projects for the district."
  • Education
Excerpt: "Rick will work to create the proper environment for maximum potential from our students, by providing them with the best teachers and resources available."
  • Water
Excerpt: "As a water engineer and Vice President of the Georgia Rural Water Association, Rick has years of experience in providing homes and business with a supply of water."
  • Limited Government
Excerpt: "As a true conservative, Rick supports a truly limited government. Rick applauds the efforts made by the General Assembly this past Session to cut nearly 12.5% from fiscal year 2009’s budget."
  • Protecting the 2nd Amendment
Excerpt: "As an avid hunter and member of the NRA, Rick will fight to protect our 2nd Amendment rights. The 2nd Amendment allows us, as law-abiding citizens, to enjoy the outdoors and protect our families."

Presidential preference


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

Rick Jeffares endorsed Newt Gingrich in the 2012 presidential election. [2]



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 take place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 7, 2014. Incumbent Richard M. Jeffares was unopposed in the Republican primary and is unchallenged in the general election.[3][4]


See also: Georgia State Senate elections, 2012

Jeffares ran in the 2012 election for Georgia State Senate District 17. Jeffares ran unopposed in the Republican primary on July 31, 2012, and defeated Democratic candidate Nelva Lee in the general election on November 6, 2012.[5][6][7]

Georgia State Senate, District 17, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRick Jeffares Incumbent 62.8% 47,069
     Democratic Nelva Lee 37.2% 27,929
Total Votes 74,998


See also: Georgia State Senate elections, 2010

Jeffares defeated Democrat Jim Nichols in the November 2 general election.[8]

Georgia State Senate, District 17
2010 General election results
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Rick Jeffares (R) 45,327 64.1%
Jim Nichols (D) 25,432 35.9%

Jeffares came in first in the July 20 primary.[9]

Georgia State Senate, District 17 - Republican Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Rick Jeffares 8,301 42.7%
Todd Hilton 6,262 32.2%
Ester Fleming, Jr. 4,898 25.2%

This necessitated a runoff between Jeffares and Hilton on August 10, which Jeffares easily won.[10]

Georgia State Senate, District 17 - Republican Primary Runoff (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Rick Jeffares 10,708 60.1%
Todd Hilton 7,109 39.9%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Jeffares is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Jeffares raised a total of $213,259 during that time period. This information was last updated on August 22, 2013.[11]

Rick Jeffares's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Georgia State Senate, District 17 Won $109,463
2010 Georgia State Senate, District 17 Won $103,796
Grand Total Raised $213,259


Jeffares won re-election to the Georgia State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Jeffares raised a total of $109,463.
Georgia State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Rick Jeffares's campaign in 2012
Gaston J Glock Style Lp$3,000
Friends of Tommie Williams$3,000
Casey Cagle for Lieutenant Governor$2,500
Georgia Republican Senatorial Trust$2,500
Cowsert for Senate$2,500
Total Raised in 2012$109,463
Source:Follow the Money


Jeffares won election to the Georgia State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Jeffares raised a total of $103,796.


Jeffares and his wife, Leslie, have four children.


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In 2014, the Georgia State Legislature was in session from January 13 through March 21.[12]


In 2012, the Georgia State Legislature was in session from January 9 through March 29.[13]

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Political offices
Preceded by
John Douglas
Georgia Senate District 17
Succeeded by