Ralph Hudgens

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Ralph Hudgens
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Georgia Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner
Incumbent
In office
January 10, 2011 - Present
Term ends
2015
Years in position 3
PartyRepublican
PredecessorJohn Oxendine (R)
Compensation
Base salary$120,394
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$2,088,6,989
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Georgia Senate
2003 - 2011
Georgia House of Representatives
1997 - 2002
State Executive Director for the U.S. Department of Agriculture
1989-1992
Websites
Office website
Personal website
Campaign website
Ralph Hudgens is the current Republican Georgia Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner. He has served in this position since January 10, 2011.[1]

As commissioner, Hudgens heads the statewide office responsible for regulating the state's insurance industry and oversees all Georgia fire safety initiatives.[2]

Hugens first won election to the seat in 2010. He defeated Democrat Mary Squires and Libertarian Shane Bruce in the general election on November 2, 2010, garnering over 53% of the vote.[3]

Hudgens will come up for re-election in November 2014 and he is running for a second term.[4] The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

Before assuming the role of state insurance and fire safety commissioner, Hudgens served as a Republican member of the Georgia State Senate, representing the 47th District from 2003 to 2011.[1] Prior to his Senate election, he was a member of the Georgia House of Representatives from 1997 to 2002.

Hudgens has two decades of experience working in the private sector, including as the founder of Quality Propane, Inc., which he sold in 1987. In 1989, Hudgens was appointed by President George H.W. Bush to serve as State Executive Director for the United States Department of Agriculture. He remained in the position until 1992.[1]

Biography

Hudgens worked for the Agricultural Chemical Division of the Shell Chemical Company from 1968 to 1986. He also was Founder/President of Quality Propane Incorporated from 1983 to 1987. He has been President of Hudgens Enterprises, Incorporated since 1987. He is also currently President of Diamond Outdoor Incorporated.[1]

Education

  • B.S. in Agriculture - University of Florida

Political career

Georgia Insurance Commissioner (2011-present)

Hudgens was elected to the statewide office of insurance and safety fire commissioner on November 2, 2010. He was sworn in the following January.[1]

Issues

Presidential preference

2012

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

Ralph Hudgens endorsed Rick Santorum in the 2012 presidential election. [5] He had previously endorsed Newt Gingrich.[6]

Georgia State Senate (2003-2011)

Before winning election to state executive office in 2010, Hudgens served as a Republican member of the Georgia State Senate, representing the 47th District from 2003 to 2011.

Georgia House of Representatives (1996-2002)

Hudgens served in the Georgia House of Representatives from 1996 to 2002.

Committee assignments

Hudgens served on the following committees when he was in the Georgia State Senate:

Elections & Appointments

2014

See also: Georgia down ballot state executive elections, 2014

Hudgens is running for re-election as Georgia Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner in 2014. He won the Republican nomination in the primary on May 20, 2014.[4] The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

2010

Hudgens won election as Insurance Commissioner in November 2010, defeating Democrat Mary Squires and Libertarian Shane Bruce.[7]

Georgia Commissioner of Insurance (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Ralph Hudgens (R) 1,368,289 53.8%
Mary Squires (D) 1,079,716 42.4%
Shane Bruce (L) 96,549 3.8%

2008

On November 4, 2008, Hudgens won re-election to the Georgia Senate from Georgia's 47th Senate district. Hudgens received 46,257 votes in the election, defeating Tim Riley (D), who received 25,172 votes.[8] Hudgens raised $114,250 for his campaign in 2008; Riley raised $32,414.[9]

Georgia Senate, District 47
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Ralph Hudgens (R) 46,257 64.8%
Tim Riley 25,172 35.2%

1989

In 1989, Hudgens was appointed by President George H.W. Bush to serve as State Executive Director for the United States Department of Agriculture. He remained in the position until 1992.

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Hudgens is available dating back to 1996. Based on available campaign finance records, Hudgens raised a total of $2,088,698 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 8, 2013.[10]

Ralph Hudgens's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Georgia Insurance Commissioner Not up for election $438,386
2010 Georgia Insurance Commissioner Won $1,118,755
2008 Georgia State Senate District 47 Won $114,250
2006 Georgia State Senate District 47 Won $169,849
2004 Georgia State Senate District 47 Won $85,108
2002 Georgia State Senate District 47 Won $95,860
2000 Georgia State House District 24 Won $34,058
1998 Georgia State House District 24 Won $15,151
1996 Georgia State House District 24 Won $17,281
Grand Total Raised $2,088,698

2006-2010

Ballotpedia collects information on campaign donors for each year in which a candidate or incumbent is running for election. The following table offers a breakdown of Ralph Hudgens's donors each year.[11] Click [show] for more information.


Personal

Hudgens and his wife, Suzanne, have four children.[1]

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Political offices
Preceded by
John Oxendine (R)
Georgia Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner
2011-present
Succeeded by
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Georgia State Senate - District 47
2003–2011
Succeeded by
Frank Ginn (R)
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Georgia House of Representatives
1996-2002
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