John Douglas

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John Douglas
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Georgia State Senate District 17
Former member
Term in office began
Term in office ended
Political party Republican
Profession Field Representative
John Douglas (b. November 7, 1953) is a former Republican member of the Georgia State Senate, representing District 17 from 2005 to 2011. He did not seek re-election in 2010. He previously served in the Georgia House of Representatives from 2002 to 2004.

Douglas was First Vice-Chair of the Newton County Republican Party from 1997 to 1999, Alternate Delegate at the Republican National Convention from 1996 to 2000, member of the Newton County Board of Education from 1998 to 2002 and Chair in 2002, member of the Newton City Republican Party and Chair of the 45th Senate District of the DeKalb County Republican Party.


Douglas earned his B.S. in political science from North Georgia College and State University in 1976 and his M.A. in Library Studies and American Society from Mercer University in 1987. His professional experience includes working as a Field Representative for the Peace Officers Association of Georgia. He served as an Officer/Major in the United States Army from 1977 to 1994.

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On November 4, 2008, Douglas won re-election to the Georgia Senate from Georgia's 17th Senate district. Douglas received 58,171 votes in the election, defeating Rudy Cox (D), who received 38,274 votes.[1] Douglas raised $139,779 for his campaign in 2008; Cox raised $500.[2]

Georgia Senate, District 17
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png John Douglas (R) 58,171 60.3%
Rudy Cox 38,274 39.7%

Campaign donors


In 2008, Douglas collected $139,779 in campaign contributions.[3] The five largest contributors to his campaign were as follows:

Donor Amount
Gerry Harkins $4,600
Georgia Medical Association $4,000
Georgia Association of Realtors $3,000
Carol Dianne Harkins $2,300
Eric Johnson $2,300


Douglas and his wife, Susan, have one child.

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Preceded by
Georgia State Senate - District 17
Succeeded by
Rick Jeffares (R)