Georgia Commissioner of Labor
|Georgia Commissioner of Labor|
|Office website:||Official Link|
|Length of term:||4 years|
|Authority:||Georgia Code, 34-2-3|
|Assumed office:||January 10, 2011|
|Next election:||November 4, 2014|
|Last election:||November 2, 2010|
|Other Georgia Executive Offices|
|Governor•Lieutenant Governor•Secretary of State•Attorney General•Treasurer•Auditor•Superintendent of Schools•Agriculture Commissioner•Insurance Commissioner•Natural Resources Commissioner•Labor Commissioner•Public Service Commission|
The current commissioner of labor is Mark Butler, a Republican, who was first elected on November 2, 2010 and took office on January 10, 2011. Butler will come up for re-election, if he chooses to run, in 2014.
Before becoming labor commissioner, Butler was a self-employed real estate appraiser. He also served as a member of the Georgia House of Representatives from 2002 to 2010. Butler holds a B.S. in public administration from Auburn University.
The office of labor commissioner is established by state law.
Georgia Code, 34-2-3
(a) The Department of Labor shall be under the direction and supervision of a commissioner to be known as the Commissioner of Labor.
- Have been a citizen of the U.S. for 10 years
- A legal resident of Georgia for four years
- 25 years old
(a) No person shall be eligible to the office of the Secretary of State, Attorney General, State School Superintendent, Commissioner of Insurance, Commissioner of Agriculture, or Commissioner of Labor unless such person shall have been a citizen of the United States for ten years and a legal resident of the state for four years immediately preceding election or appointment and shall have attained the age of 25 years by the date of assuming office. All of said officers shall take such oath and give bond and security, as prescribed by law, for the faithful discharge of their duties.
The commissioner is elected "at the same time and hold[s] [his] office for the same term as the Governor."
The Secretary of State, Attorney General, State School Superintendent, Commissioner of Insurance, Commissioner of Agriculture, and Commissioner of Labor shall be elected in the manner prescribed for the election of members of the General Assembly and the electors shall be the same. Such executive officers shall be elected at the same time and hold their offices for the same term as the Governor.
There are no term limits for the office of labor commissioner.
If a vacancy occurs, the governor fills it, subject to confirmation by a majority vote of the Georgia Senate. Vacancy procedures are laid out in Article V, Section 2, Paragraph VIII of the Georgia Constitution.
The commissioner is the administrative head of the Georgia Department of Labor, which implements the state's labor regulations, operates its unemployment insurance and workforce development programs, and produces research and statistics regarding the state's labor market.
- Career Center Administration
- Employment Programs/Services
- Rehabilitation Services
- Unemployment Insurance
- Labor Market Information
- Media and Marketing
- Workplace Safety
- Advisory Entity
In 2010, the commissioner received a salary of $120,570.