Georgia Commissioner of Labor

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Georgia Commissioner of Labor
General information
Office Type:  Partisan
Office website:  Official Link
2013 FY Budget:  $136,831,603
Term limits:  None
Length of term:   4 years
Authority:  Georgia Code, 34-2-3
Selection Method:  Elected
Current Officeholder

Mark Butler.jpg
Name:  Mark Butler
Officeholder Party:  Republican
Assumed office:  January 10, 2011
Compensation:  $121,570
Next election:  November 6, 2018
Last election:  November 4, 2014
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The Georgia Commissioner of Labor is a state executive position in the Georgia state government. The commissioner is responsible for implementing the state's labor regulations, operating its unemployment insurance and rehabilitation programs and producing statistics and research covering the Georgia labor market.

Current officeholder

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 was re-elected to a second four-year term as commissioner on November 4, 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.[1]

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.


Per Article V, Section 3, Paragraph II of the Georgia Constitution, the commissioner of labor must, at the time of his election:

  • Have been a citizen of the U.S. for 10 years
  • A legal resident of Georgia for four years
  • 25 years old

Georgia Constitution, Article V, Section 3, Paragraph II

(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.


Georgia state government organizational chart

The commissioner is elected "at the same time and hold[s] [his] office for the same term as the Governor."

Georgia Constitution, Article V, Section 3, Paragraph I

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.


See also: Georgia down ballot state executive elections, 2014
Labor Commissioner of Georgia, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMark Butler Incumbent 56.9% 1,427,662
     Democratic Robbin Shipp 43.1% 1,079,898
Total Votes 2,507,560
Election Results via Georgia Secretary of State.

Term limits

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

State budget

The budget for the Department of Labor in Fiscal Year 2013 was $136,831,603.[2]


See also: Compensation of state executive officers


In 2014, the commissioner received a salary of $121,570, according to the Council of State Governments.[3]


In 2013, the commissioner received a salary of $121,570. This figure comes from the Council of State Governments.[4]


In 2010, the commissioner received a salary of $120,570.

Historical officeholders

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Contact info

(404) 232-7300

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