Bubber Epps

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Bubber Epps
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Georgia House of Representatives District 144
Incumbent
In office
January 12, 2009 - Present
Term ends
January 12, 2015
Years in position 5
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$17,341.68/year
Per diem$173/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2008
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Chairman, Twiggs County Board of Commissioners
1989-1992
Education
Associate'sBrewton Parker College, 1963
Bachelor'sMercer University, 1965
Master'sMercer University, 1969
Personal
BirthdaySeptember 7, 1943
Place of birthMacon,GA
ReligionBaptist
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
James "Bubber" Epps (b. September 7, 1943) is a Republican member of the Georgia House of Representatives, representing District 144. He was first elected to the chamber in 2008.

Epps served as a Twiggs County Commissioner from 1984 to 1988 and Chairman from 1989 to 1992.

Biography

Epps' professional experience includes owning Epps Brothers, Incorporated, and Epps & Jones Construction Company, Incorporated, and working as Principal at Gordon-Ivey School.[1]

Switches party affiliation

Following his victory in the November 2, 2010 general election, Epps switched his party affiliation from Democrat to Republican. He stated, “I think that by having a seat at the leadership table and working with leadership, I think that I can best address the issues and concerns of my constituents.”[2]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Georgia Committee Assignments, 2013
Appropriations, Vice Chair
Motor Vehicles
Agriculture and Consumer Affairs
Insurance
Natural Resources and Environment
Transportation

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

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

Elections

2014

See also: Georgia House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Georgia House of Representatives 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 be held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 7, 2014. Joyce E. Denson was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while incumbent James A. "Bubber" Epps was unopposed in the Republican primary. Denson will face Epps in teh general election.[3][4]

2012

See also: Georgia House of Representatives elections, 2012

Epps ran in the 2012 election for Georgia House of Representatives District 144. Epps ran unopposed in the Republican primary on July 31, 2012. Mary Ann Whipple-Lue ran unopposed in the Democratic primary. The general election took place on November 6, 2012.[5] Epps defeated Mary Ann Whipple-Lue in the general election.[6]

Georgia House of Representatives, District 144, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJames Epps Incumbent 63.6% 13,955
     Democratic Mary Whipple-Lue 36.4% 8,000
Total Votes 21,955

2010

See also: Georgia House of Representatives elections, 2010

Epps ran for re-election to the 140th District seat in 2010. He did not have any opposition in the July 20 primary. Epps defeated Allen Freeman (R) in the general election on November 2, 2010.[7]

Georgia House of Representatives, District 140 (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png James Epps (D) 8,110 55.5%
Allen Freeman (R) 6,495 44.5%

2008

In 2008 Epps was elected to the Georgia House of Representatives District 140. Epps (D) finished with 10,004 votes while his opponent incumbent Allen Freeman (R) finished with 9,836 votes.[8] Epps raised $67,472 for his campaign fund.[9]

Georgia House of Representatives District 140
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png James Epps (D) 10,004
Allen Freeman (R) 9,836

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Epps is available dating back to 2008. Based on available campaign finance records, Epps raised a total of $249,406 during that time period. This information was last updated on August 27, 2013.[10]

Bubber Epps's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Georgia State House, District 144 Won $99,448
2010 Georgia State House, District 140 Won $82,486
2008 Georgia State House, District 140 Won $67,472
Grand Total Raised $249,406

2012

Epps won re-election to the Georgia House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Epps raised a total of $99,448.
Georgia House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Bubber Epps's campaign in 2012
Ralston for Representative$5,000
Sosebee Jr, Hugh D$3,000
Epps Brothers Inc$2,860
Georgia House Republican Trust$2,500
Larry Oneal Campaign Fund$2,500
Total Raised in 2012$99,448
Source:Follow the Money

2010

In 2010, Epps collected $82,486 in campaign contributions.[11] The largest contributors to the campaign were as follows:

Georgia House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Bubber Epps's campaign in 2010
Georgia Trial Lawyers Association$5,000
International Brotherhood Of Electrical Workers$3,800
Epps, James A (Bubber)$2,951
Epps Brothers Inc$2,400
Abrams, Stacey Y$2,400
Total Raised in 2010 $82,486

2008

In 2008, Epps collected $67,472 in campaign contributions.[12] The six largest contributors to his campaign were as follows:

Donor Amount
Candidate Checking Account $8,917
Joan Dixon $2,300
Friends of Joan Dixon $2,300
Joe Reynolds $2,000
Bill Powlas $2,000
Donald Woodward $2,000

Scorecards

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2014

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

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.[14]

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

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Political offices
Preceded by
Jimmy Pruett (R)
Georgia House of Representatives District 144
2013–present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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Georgia House of Representatives District 140
2009–2013
Succeeded by
Robert Dickey (R)