Mark Butler (Georgia)

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Mark Butler
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Georgia Commissioner of Labor
In office
January 10, 2011 - present
Term ends
January 2019
Years in position 4
PredecessorMichael Thurmond (D)
Base salary$121,570
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$443,860
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Georgia House of Representatives
Date of birthJuly 21, 1970
Place of birthCarrollton, Georgia
ProfessionReal Estate Appraiser
Office website
Campaign website
Mark Butler (b. July 21, 1970) is the 9th and current Georgia Commissioner of Labor. He has served in this position since January 2011.[1]

Butler won re-election in 2014.[2] He defeated Democratic challenger Robbin Shipp in the general election on November 4, 2014.


Prior to becoming commissioner of labor, Butler was a Republican member of the Georgia House of Representatives, representing the 18th District from 2003 to 2011.

Butler is a self-employed real estate appraiser with Appraisal Associates.[3]


  • B.S. in public administration, Auburn University, 1992

Political career

Georgia Commissioner of Labor (2011-present)

Butler has served as Georgia Commissioner of Labor since 2011.

Presidential preference


See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Mark Butler (Georgia) endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [4]

Georgia House of Representatives (2003-2011)

Butler represented District 18 in the Georgia House of Representatives from 2003 to 2011.

Committee assignments

Butler served on the following committees while in the Georgia House of Representatives:



See also: Georgia down ballot state executive elections, 2014

Butler ran for re-election as Georgia Commissioner of Labor in 2014.[5] He was uncontested in the May 20 primary and faced Democratic challenger Robbin Shipp in the general election.


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.


Butler won election as Georgia Commissioner of Labor in the November 2, 2010 election, defeating Democratic candidate Darryl Hicks and Libertarian Will Costa.[6]

Georgia Commissioner of Labor (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Mark Butler (R) 1,399,030 55.2%
Darryl Hicks (D) 1,042,822 41.1%
Will Costa (L) 93,310 3.7%


In 2008 Butler was re-elected to the Georgia House of Representatives District 18. Butler (R) ran unopposed and finished with 15,472 votes.[7] Butler raised $98,477 for his campaign fund.[8]

Georgia House of Representatives District 18
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Mark Butler (R) 15,472

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Butler is available dating back to 2002. Based on available campaign finance records, Butler raised a total of $443,860 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 9, 2013.[9]

Mark Butler (Georgia)'s Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Geogria Labor Commissioner Not up for election $46,500
2010 Georgia Labor Commissioner Won $129,694
2008 Georgia State House District 18 Won $98,477
2006 Georgia State House District 18 Won $73,498
2004 Georgia State House District 18 Won $67,689
2002 Georgia State House District 88 Won $28,002
Grand Total Raised $443,860


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Political offices
Preceded by
Michael Thurmond (D)
Georgia Commissioner of Labor
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Georgia House of Representatives District 18
Succeeded by
Kevin Cooke