Mike Keown

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Mike Keown
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Candidate for
Georgia State Senate District 11
Prior offices
Georgia House of Representatives
2005 – 2011
Mike Keown (b. May 11, 1954) was a 2013 Republican candidate in the special election for District 11 of the Georgia State Senate.

Keown previously served in the Georgia House of Representatives, representing District 173 from 2005 to 2011, on the Thomas Board of Education and as Mayor of Coolidge form 1986 to 1990.


Keown's professional experience includes working as a Clinical Chaplain at Valdosta State Prison, Pastor of First Newark Baptist Church, Unit Manager of Lowndes States Prison, Superintendent of Thomasville Diversion Center and Chief Counselor/Deputy Warden of Care and Treatment at Valdosta State Prison.[1]

Committee assignments



See also: State legislative special elections, 2013

Keown ran in a special election for Georgia State Senate District 11. The seat was vacant following John Bulloch's (R) resignation on December 6, 2012. While he did not initially provide a reason, Bulloch had been hospitalized with meningitis the previous October. Bulloch was re-elected on November 6, 2012 unopposed. Keown faced Marshall Berman (R), Dean Burke (R), Brad Hughes (R), Eugene McNease (R) and Jeffrey G. Bivins (L) in the special election on January 8, 2013.[2][3][4] As no candidate won more than 51 percent in the election, the top two vote-getters, Burke and Keown, went to a runoff on February 5, which Burke won.[5][6][7]

Georgia State Senate, District 11, Special Election Runoff, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDean Burke 58.4% 7,739
     Republican Mike Keown 41.6% 5,507
Total Votes 13,246


See also: Georgia House of Representatives elections, 2008

In 2008, Keown was re-elected to the Georgia House of Representatives District 173. Keown (R) ran unopposed and finished with 14,705 votes.[8] Keown raised $18,650 for his campaign fund.[9]

Georgia House of Representatives District 173
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Mike Keown (R) 14,705

Campaign donors


In 2008, Keown collected $18,650 in campaign contributions.[10] The four largest contributors to his campaign were as follows:

Donor Amount
Flowers Foods $4,000
Tom Mims $1,000
Joe Beverly $1,000
George Deese $1,000

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Preceded by
Georgia House of Representatives District 173
Succeeded by
Darlene Taylor