Matt Hatchett

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Matt Hatchett
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Georgia House of Representatives District 150
In office
January 11, 2011 - Present
Term ends
January 12, 2015
Years in position 3
Majority Caucus Leader, Georgia House of Representatives
Base salary$17,341.68/year
Per diem$173/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
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Matt Hatchett is a Republican member of the Georgia House of Representatives, representing District 150. He was first elected to the chamber in 2010.

Hatchett has served as Majority Caucus Leader since 2014. He served as Mayor Pro Tempore of Dublin, GA and on the Dublin City Council.


Hatchett earned his B.S. in Applied Mathematics from Presbyterian College. His professional experience includes owning several small businesses, including Hangers Cleaners, Bruster's Real Ice Cream, Nathan's Famous Hotdogs and Plum Alley, a women's specialty apparel store.

Committee assignments


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

Georgia Committee Assignments, 2013
Economic Development and Tourism, Vice Chair
Energy, Utilities and Telecommunications
Health and Human Services


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


Presidential preference


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

Matt Hatchett endorsed Newt Gingrich in the 2012 presidential election. [1]



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. Incumbent J.M. "Matt" Hatchett was unopposed in the Republican primary and is unchallenged in the general election.[2][3]


See also: Georgia House of Representatives elections, 2012

Hatchett ran in the 2012 election for Georgia House of Representatives District 150. Hatchett ran unopposed in the Republican primary on July 31, 2012. Sheikh Rahman ran unopposed in the Democratic primary. The general election took place on November 6, 2012.[4] Hatchett defeated Sheikh Rahman in the general election.[5]

Georgia House of Representatives, District 150, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMatt Hatchett Incumbent 67.3% 13,803
     Democratic Sheikh Rahman 32.7% 6,699
Total Votes 20,502


See also: Georgia House of Representatives elections, 2010

Hatchett did not have any opposition in the July 20 primary. He defeated Pablo Santamaria (D) in the November 2 general election.[6]

Georgia House of Representatives, District 143 (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Matt Hatchett (R) 7,586 54.7%
Pablo Santamaria (D) 6,279 45.3%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Hatchett is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Hatchett raised a total of $191,106 during that time period. This information was last updated on August 27, 2013.[7]

Matt Hatchett's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Georgia State House, District 150 Won $105,408
2010 Georgia State House, District 143 Won $85,698
Grand Total Raised $191,106


Hatchett won re-election to the Georgia House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Hatchett raised a total of $105,408.
Georgia House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Matt Hatchett's campaign in 2012
Griffin Industries$2,500
Georgia House Republican Trust$2,500
Ralston for Representative$2,500
Cmte to Elect Rm Channell$2,500
Georgia Dental Association$1,650
Total Raised in 2012$105,408
Source:Follow the Money


In 2010, a year in which Hatchett was up for re-election, he collected $85,698 in donations.[8]

His four largest contributors in 2010 were:

Donor Amount
Ralston For Representative $2,900
Dublin Construction Co $2,400
Friends Of Jan Jones $2,000
Roger Williams Campaign Account $2,000


Hatchett and his wife have two children. He has chaired the Heart of Georgia United Way, the Boys and Girls Club of Laurens County and several other community organizations.


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In 2014, the Georgia State Legislature was in session from January 13 through March 21.[9]


In 2012, the Georgia State Legislature was in session from January 9 through March 29.[10]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Winfred Dukes (D)
Georgia House District 150
Succeeded by
Preceded by
DuBose Porter
Georgia House District 143
Succeeded by
James Beverly (D)