Rick Allen

From Ballotpedia
(Redirected from Rick W. Allen)
Jump to: navigation, search
Rick Allen
Rick Allen Official Photo, 114th Congress.jpg
U.S. House, Georgia, District 12
In office
January 2015 - Present
Term ends
January 3, 2017
Years in position 0
PredecessorJohn Barrow (D)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Cost per vote$27.24 in 2014
First electedNovember 4, 2014
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Campaign $$2,538,471
Term limitsN/A
High schoolEvans High School (1969)
Bachelor'sAuburn University School of Architecture (1973)
Date of birthNovember 7, 1951
Place of birthAugusta, Georgia
Office website
Campaign website
Rick Allen is a Republican member of the U.S. House representing the 12th Congressional District of Georgia.[1] He defeated incumbent John Barrow (D) in the general election on November 4, 2014.[2] He won the nomination in the Republican primary on May 20, 2014.[3]


Allen was born in Augusta, Georgia, in 1951.[4] He attended Auburn University in Alabama, graduating in 1973 with a B.S. in building construction.[5]

After earning his degree, Allen worked as an estimator, project administrator and assistant to the president with a construction firm in Augusta. In 1976, he founded his own construction business, R. W. Allen & Associates, Inc.[6] The company operates in six states across the country. In 2008, Allen was presented with the Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce’s Small Business Person of the Year award.[7]


Below is an abbreviated outline of Allen's academic, professional and political career:[4]

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Allen serves on the following committees:[8]

Key votes

114th Congress


The first session of the 114th Congress has enacted into law 6 out of the 2,616 introduced bills (0.2 percent). Comparatively, the 113th Congress had 1.3 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[9] For more information pertaining to Allen's voting record in the 114th Congress, please see the below sections.[10]

Economic and fiscal

2016 Budget proposal

Yea3.png On April 30, 2015, the House voted to approve SConRes11, a congressional budget proposal for fiscal year 2016, by a vote of 226-197. The non-binding resolution will be used to create 12 appropriations bills to fund the government before funding runs out on October 1. All 183 Democrats who voted, voted against the resolution. Allen voted with 225 other Republicans to approve the bill.[11][12][13]

Foreign Affairs

Iran nuclear deal

Yea3.png On May 14, 2015, the House approved HR 1191 - the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015 by a vote of 400-25. The bill requires President Barack Obama to submit the details of a nuclear deal with Iran for congressional review, if negotiators reach a final agreement. Congress will have 30 days to review the deal and vote to approve or disapprove the deal. During the review period, sanctions on Iran cannot be lifted. Allen voted with 222 other Republican representatives to approve the bill.[14][15]


Campaign themes


Allen's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[16]

  • Second Amendment
Excerpt: "The ‘Right to Bear Arms’ is one of the most fundamental and important rights in the Constitution and needs to be protected. As a lifelong member of the NRA, I cherish this right and will fight each and every day to protect and uphold the 2nd Amendment."
  • Budget/Spending
Excerpt: "Washington does not have a revenue problem; it has a spending problem. The spending-addicted politicians in Washington are doing nothing to solve it. Upon being elected to Congress, I’ll immediately push for a Balanced Budget Amendment that will force Washington to tighten its belt and reign in wasteful spending."
  • Energy
Excerpt: "As the demand for energy grows greater, our resources remain stagnant. For too long, America has relied on other nations for its energy needs. Now, with instability in the Middle East and an increasing threat from rogue nations like Iran, the harnessing of American energy is more important than ever before. If elected to Congress, I’ll push for a comprehensive energy plan that includes substantial increases in drilling for American oil."
  • Agriculture
Excerpt: "Agriculture is the number one industry in Georgia and is vital to ensuring our country has a safe food source. I will fight to ensure that the Farm Bill brought before Congress is responsible and fair. As the son of a farmer, I will fight to ensure our farmers have a voice in Washington and aren’t constrained by big government and countless regulations."
  • Defense & Homeland Security
Excerpt: "America has the greatest military in world history and I believe we must do everything possible to make sure this continues. We must provide our troops with the necessary funding to do their jobs and protect the lives of our citizens and allies."
  • Education
Excerpt: "For too long, the federal government has employed a ‘one size fits all’ approach to education in America. I believe that decisions involving the education of our children should be made by parents and officials on the local level – not bureaucrats in Washington, D.C.. I will fight to restore as much local control as possible so that parents – not Washington politicians – are deciding the future of our children."
  • Healthcare
Excerpt: "In 2010, the Democrats in Congress rammed through Obamacare, hurting our senior citizens by slashing billions from Medicare, decreasing the quality of healthcare and, most disturbingly, putting Washington bureaucrats between patients and doctors. It’s the wrong approach to healthcare and it needs to be stopped. I’ll immediately join the fight to repeal Obamacare and push for market-driven reforms rather than more big government solutions."



See also: Georgia's 12th Congressional District elections, 2014

Rick Allen won the general election on November 4, 2014.[17] He won the nomination in the Republican primary on May 20, 2014.[3] He defeated incumbent John Barrow (D) in the general election.

U.S. House, Georgia District 12 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic John Barrow Incumbent 45.25% 75,377
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRick Allen 54.75% 91,336
Total Votes 166,713
Source: Georgia Secretary of State

The National Republican Congressional Committee added Allen to their "On the Radar" list in November 2013. According to the NRCC, candidates that made this list were set to receive "...the tools they need to run successful, winning campaigns against their Democratic opponents."[18][19]

U.S. House, Georgia District 12 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngRick Allen 54% 25,093
Eugene Yu 16.5% 7,677
Delvis Dutton 14.3% 6,644
John Stone 12.5% 5,826
Diane Vann 2.7% 1,237
Total Votes 46,477
Source: Georgia Secretary of State


See also: Georgia's 12th Congressional District elections, 2012

Allen ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Georgia's 12th District. Allen and Lee Anderson advanced past the Republican primary to the runoff election.[20] He was then defeated by Anderson in the runoff election.[21]

U.S. House, Georgia District 12 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngLee Anderson 34.2% 20,551
Rick Allen 25.7% 15,436
Wright McLeod 24.7% 14,856
Maria Sheffield 15.3% 9,207
Total Votes 60,050

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor history

Comprehensive donor information for Allen is available dating back to 2014. Based on available campaign finance records, Allen raised a total of $2,538,471 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 14, 2015.[22]

Rick Allen's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2014 U.S. House (Georgia, District 12) Won $2,538,471
Grand Total Raised $2,538,471


Allen won election to the U.S. House in 2014. During that election cycle, Allen's campaign committee raised a total of $2,538,471 and spent $2,488,059.[23] This is more than the average $1.45 million spent by House winners in 2014.[24]

Cost per vote

Allen spent $27.24 per general election vote received in 2014.

U.S. House, Georgia District 12, 2014 - Rick Allen Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $2,538,471
Total Spent $2,488,059
Total Raised by Election Runner-up $3,550,177
Total Spent by Election Runner-up $3,536,271
Top contributors to Rick Allen's campaign committee
RW Allen LLC$18,200
Greenway Medical Technologies$10,700
Kuhlke Properties$10,400
Associated General Contractors$10,250
Blanchard & Calhoun Commercial$10,200
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Leadership PACs$100,000
Health Professionals$86,700
Real Estate$79,675
General Contractors$71,750

Below are Allen's FEC reports.[25]


Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2012 elections season. Below are Allen's reports.

Rick Allen (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[30]March 31, 2012$0$368,163$(137,304)$230,859
Running totals

See also

External links

Suggest a link


  1. The Republic, "Rick Allen of Augusta running again for GOP nomination to challenge Rep. John Barrow in 2014," accessed June 5, 2012
  2. Politico, "House Elections Results," accessed November 11, 2014
  3. 3.0 3.1 Associated Press, "Primary election results," accessed May 20, 2014
  4. 4.0 4.1 Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, "ALLEN, Richard Wayne, (1951 - )," accessed January 26, 2015
  5. Rick Allen U.S. Congress, "About," accessed February 3, 2015
  6. R.W. Allen, "Rick Allen, Founder - CEO," accessed February 6, 2015
  7. Washington Post, "Meet the small business owners who were just sworn in to Congress," January 6, 2015
  8. U.S. House of Representatives, Office of the Clerk, "Committee Information," accessed February 18, 2015
  9. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 113th Congress," accessed April 29, 2015
  10. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the One Hundred Fourteenth Congress," April 13, 2015
  11. Congress.gov, "S.Con.Res.11," accessed May 5, 2015
  12. Clerk.House.gov, "Final Vote Results for Roll Call 183," accessed May 5, 2015
  13. The Hill, "Republicans pass a budget, flexing power of majority," accessed May 5, 2015
  14. Congress.gov, "H.R.1191 - Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015," accessed May 16, 2015
  15. Clerk.House.gov, "Final Vote Results for Roll Call 226," accessed May 16, 2015
  16. Rick Allen for Congress, "Issues," accessed February 4, 2015
  17. Politico, "House Elections Results," accessed November 11, 2014
  18. Roll Call, "House Republicans Put 36 Recruits ‘On the Radar,’" accessed November 21, 2013
  19. NRCC Young Guns, "List," accessed March 20, 2014
  20. Georgia Secretary of State, "2012 Primary Results"
  21. The Augusta Chronicle, "Vote recount certifies Lee Anderson as winner of GOP runoff for U.S. District 12 seat," September 5, 2012
  22. Open Secrets, "Career Fundraising for Rick Allen," accessed April 14, 2015
  23. Open Secrets, "Rick Allen 2014 Election Cycle," accessed April 1, 2015
  24. Open Secrets, "Winning vs. Spending," accessed April 1, 2015
  25. Federal Election Commission, "Rick Allen 2014 Summary reports," accessed November 4, 2013
  26. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly" accessed July 29, 2013
  27. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly" accessed July 29, 2013
  28. Federal Election Commission, "Year End," accessed May 3, 2014
  29. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed May 3, 2014
  30. Federal Election Commission, "Richard Allen Summary Report," accessed June 26, 2012
Political offices
Preceded by
John Barrow
Georgia's 10th Congressional District
Succeeded by