Steve Gooch

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Steve Gooch
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Georgia State Senate District 51
In office
January 11, 2011 - Present
Term ends
January 12, 2015
Years in position 3
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
Bachelor'sNorth Georgia College
Master'sNorth Georgia College and State University
BirthdayFebruary 25, 1967
ProfessionVice President, Commercial Group, The Norton Agency
Office website
Campaign website
Steve Gooch (b. February 25, 1967) is a Republican member of the Georgia State Senate, representing District 51. He was first elected to the chamber in 2010.

Gooch previously served as Lumpkin County Commissioner and is a member of the Georgia Department of Transportation Board.


Gooch earned his B.S. and M.A. in Public Administration from North Georgia College and State University. His professional experience includes working as a partner at The Commercial Group, a real estate brokerage and property management firm.

Committee assignments


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

Georgia Committee Assignments, 2013
Transportation, Chair
Economic Development, Vice Chair
Natural Resources and the Environment


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


Campaign themes


On his campaign website, Gooch listed five issues he was concerned about.[1] They were:

  • Keeping Taxes Low
Excerpt: "I believe that we must do all that we can to avoid increasing taxes on our citizens. I also believe that we should use these difficult times to “right size” state government by cutting unnecessary spending, creating more efficient processes, and implementing zero based budgeting to establish the right priorities for spending our tax dollars."
  • Creating New Jobs
Excerpt: "Small businesses create jobs! As your Senator, I will fight for common sense proposals that help create the right environment where small businesses can grow and create new jobs."
  • Supporting Our Schools
Excerpt: "The state government’s most important responsibility is educating our children. I believe in local control of our schools and in empowering, not dictating to, our local schools, administrators and educators."
  • Protecting Our Traditional Values
Excerpt: " You can count on me to always support pro-life, pro-marriage legislation. I believe we should have the Ten Commandments posted in our public buildings to remind elected officials of the foundation of our laws."
  • Defending Our 2nd Amendment Rights
Excerpt: "a citizen has the God-given right to protect their home and their family, and the right to keep and bear arms is essential to this."

Presidential preference


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

Steve Gooch endorsed Newt Gingrich in the 2012 presidential election. [2]



See also: Georgia State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Georgia State Senate 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 take place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 7, 2014. Incumbent Stephen W. "Steve" Gooch was unopposed in the Republican primary and is unchallenged in the general election.[3][4]


See also: Georgia State Senate elections, 2012

Gooch ran in the 2012 election for Georgia State Senate District 51. Gooch ran unopposed in the Republican primary on July 31, 2012. No Democratic candidate filed to run for this seat. The general election took place on November 6, 2012.[5][6] Gooch ran unopposed in the general election.[7]

Georgia State Senate, District 51, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngSteve Gooch Incumbent 100% 60,498
Total Votes 60,498


See also: Georgia State Senate elections, 2010

Gooch won election in the November 2 general election against Democrat Joseph Mann.[8]

Georgia State Senate, District 51
2010 General election results
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Steve Gooch (R) 46,262 81.9%
Joseph Mann (D) 10,213 18.1%

Gooch was unopposed in the July 20 primary.[9]

Georgia State Senate, District 51 - Republican Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Steve Gooch 19,536 100.0%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Gooch is available dating back to 2008. Based on available campaign finance records, Gooch raised a total of $238,845 during that time period. This information was last updated on August 22, 2013.[10]

Steve Gooch's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Georgia State Senate, District 51 Won $88,858
2010 Georgia State Senate, District 51 Won $88,845
2008 Georgia State House, District 9 Defeated $61,142
Grand Total Raised $238,845


Gooch won re-election to the Georgia State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Gooch raised a total of $88,858.
Georgia State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Steve Gooch's campaign in 2012
Cottrell, Mike$3,000
Chance for Senate$2,500
Georgia Highway Contractors Association$2,000
Total Raised in 2012$88,858
Source:Follow the Money


Gooch won election to the Georgia State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Gooch raised a total of $88,845.


Gooch lost the election for the Georgia House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, Gooch raised a total of $61,142.


Gooch and his wife, Shannon, have three children.


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In 2014, the Georgia State Legislature was in session from January 13 through March 21.[11]


In 2012, the Georgia State Legislature was in session from January 9 through March 29.[12]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Chip Pearson
Georgia Senate District 51
Succeeded by