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}}{{TOCnestright}}The '''Georgia House of Representatives''' is the [[lower house]] of the [[Georgia General Assembly]], the state legislature of [[Georgia]]. The state House of Representatives is made of 180 representatives elected from individual legislative districts for a two-year term with no limits. Annual sessions begin on the 2nd Monday in January and run for 40 Legislative days. Each member represents an average of [[Population represented by state legislators|53,820 residents]], as of the 2010 Census.<ref>[http://2010.census.gov/news/pdf/apport2010_table4.pdf Population in 2010 of the American states]</ref> After the 2000 Census, each member represented approximately [[Population represented by state legislators|48,980 residents]].<ref>[http://www.census.gov/population/www/cen2000/briefs/phc-t2/tables/tab01.pdf Population in 2000 of the American states]</ref>
 
}}{{TOCnestright}}The '''Georgia House of Representatives''' is the [[lower house]] of the [[Georgia General Assembly]], the state legislature of [[Georgia]]. The state House of Representatives is made of 180 representatives elected from individual legislative districts for a two-year term with no limits. Annual sessions begin on the 2nd Monday in January and run for 40 Legislative days. Each member represents an average of [[Population represented by state legislators|53,820 residents]], as of the 2010 Census.<ref>[http://2010.census.gov/news/pdf/apport2010_table4.pdf Population in 2010 of the American states]</ref> After the 2000 Census, each member represented approximately [[Population represented by state legislators|48,980 residents]].<ref>[http://www.census.gov/population/www/cen2000/briefs/phc-t2/tables/tab01.pdf Population in 2000 of the American states]</ref>
  
As of December 2012, [[Georgia]] is one of 24 Republican [[state government trifectas]].
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As of May 2013, [[Georgia]] is one of 24 Republican [[state government trifectas]].
 
==Sessions==
 
==Sessions==
 
Section 4 of [[Article III, Georgia Constitution| Article III of the Georgia Constitution]] establishes when the [[Georgia General Assembly]], which the House is a part of, is to meet in regular session.  The General Assembly must convene annually by the second Monday in January, and its sessions can last for only forty legislative days.<ref>[[Article III, Georgia Constitution#Section 4|Georgia Constitution, Article III, Section 4]]</ref> Prefiling begins November 15 and runs until the start of the session.
 
Section 4 of [[Article III, Georgia Constitution| Article III of the Georgia Constitution]] establishes when the [[Georgia General Assembly]], which the House is a part of, is to meet in regular session.  The General Assembly must convene annually by the second Monday in January, and its sessions can last for only forty legislative days.<ref>[[Article III, Georgia Constitution#Section 4|Georgia Constitution, Article III, Section 4]]</ref> Prefiling begins November 15 and runs until the start of the session.

Revision as of 07:28, 13 May 2013

Georgia House of Representatives

Georgia State Senate Seal.jpg
General Information
Type:   Lower house
Term limits:   None
2014 session start:   January 14, 2013
Website:   Official House Page
Leadership
House Speaker:  David Ralston, (R)
Majority Leader:   Larry O'Neal, (R)
Minority leader:   Stacey Abrams, (D)
Structure
Members:  180
   Democratic Party (60)
Republican Party (118)
Independent (1)
Length of term:   2 years
Authority:   Art III, Georgia Constitution
Salary:   $17,342/year + per diem
Elections
Last Election:  November 6, 2012 (180 seats)
Next election:  November 4, 2014 (180 seats)
Redistricting:  The Legislative Committee on Reapportionment draws all boundaries
The Georgia House of Representatives is the lower house of the Georgia General Assembly, the state legislature of Georgia. The state House of Representatives is made of 180 representatives elected from individual legislative districts for a two-year term with no limits. Annual sessions begin on the 2nd Monday in January and run for 40 Legislative days. Each member represents an average of 53,820 residents, as of the 2010 Census.[1] After the 2000 Census, each member represented approximately 48,980 residents.[2]

As of May 2013, Georgia is one of 24 Republican state government trifectas.

Sessions

Section 4 of Article III of the Georgia Constitution establishes when the Georgia General Assembly, which the House is a part of, is to meet in regular session. The General Assembly must convene annually by the second Monday in January, and its sessions can last for only forty legislative days.[3] Prefiling begins November 15 and runs until the start of the session.

2013

See also: Dates of 2013 state legislative sessions

In 2013, the Legislature will be in session from January 14 through April 18 (estimated).

Major issues

The one major issue the legislature has to address is passing a budget in the face of an estimated $700 million deficit. Other major issues include ethics reform, gun control, school vouchers, teacher evaluations, and a proposed new stadium for the Atlanta Falcons.[4]

2012

See also: Dates of 2012 state legislative sessions

In 2012, the House was in regular session from January 9 through March 29.

2011

See also: Dates of 2011 state legislative sessions

In 2011, the House was in regular session from January 10 through April 14. [5] Governor Nathan Deal called the legislature into special session for August 15 to consider congressional and legislative redistricting plans based on the 2010 census. [6]

2010

See also: Dates of 2010 state legislative sessions

In 2010, the House of Representatives was in session from January 11th to April 29th.

Elections

2012

See also: Georgia House of Representatives elections, 2012

Elections for the office of Georgia House of Representatives were held in Georgia on November 6, 2012. All 180 seats were up for election.

The signature filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in those elections was June 29, 2012.

This chamber was mentioned in a November 2012 Pew Center on the States article that addressed supermajorities at stake in the 2012 election. Supermajority generally means a party controls two-thirds of all seats. While it varies from state to state, being in this position gives a party much greater power. Going into the election, Republicans in the Georgia House held a solid majority and looked to obtain a supermajority.[7]

The following table details the 10 districts with the smallest margin of victory in the November 6 general election.

2010

See also: Georgia House of Representatives elections, 2010

Elections for the office of Georgia State House were held in Georgia on November 2, 2010 in all 180 state house districts.

The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in these elections was June 21, 2010, and the primary election day was July 20, 2010.

The partisan breakdown of the House before and after the election was as follows:


Georgia House of Representatives
Party As of November 1, 2010 After the 2010 Election
     Democratic Party 73 66
     Republican Party 103 113
     Independent 1 1
     Vacancy 3 -
Total 180 180


In 2010, the total amount of contributions raised in house campaigns was $12,388,358. The top 10 donors were: [8]


Qualifications

Paragraph 3 of Section 2 of Article 3 of the Georgia Constitution states, "At the time of their election, the members of the House of Representatives shall be citizens of the United States, shall be at least 21 years of age, shall have been citizens of this state for at least two years, and shall have been legal residents of the territory embraced within the district from which elected for at least one year."

Vacancies

See also: How vacancies are filled in state legislatures
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If there is a vacancy in the House, the vacant seat must be filled by a special election. The Governor must declare a special election no later than 10 days after the vacancy happened. The election must be held no less than 30 days and no later than 60 days after the Governor calls for the election. The counties representing the vacant district are responsible for conducting the election[9].

Representatives

Leadership

The House of Representatives elects its own Speaker as well as a Speaker Pro Tempore. The Speaker Pro Tempore becomes Speaker in case of the death, resignation, or permanent disability of the Speaker. The Speaker Pro Tempore serves until a new Speaker is elected. In addition there is a clerk of the house who is charged with overseeing the flow of legislation through the body.[10]

Current leadership

Current Leadership, Georgia House of Representatives
Office Representative Party
State Speaker of the House David Ralston Ends.png Republican
State House Speaker Pro Tempore Jan Jones Ends.png Republican
State House Majority Leader Larry O'Neal Ends.png Republican
State House Majority Whip Edward Lindsey Ends.png Republican
State House Majority Caucus Leader Donna Sheldon Ends.png Republican
State House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams Electiondot.png Democratic
State House Minority Whip Carolyn Hugley Electiondot.png Democratic
State House Minority Caucus Leader Virgil Fludd Electiondot.png Democratic

Partisan composition

See also: Partisan composition of state houses
Party As of October 2014
     Democratic Party 60
     Republican Party 118
     Independent 1
     Vacancy 1
Total 180


Salaries

See also: Comparison of state legislative salaries

As of 2013, members of the Georgia legislature are paid $17,342/year plus $173/day for per diem when in session.[11]

When sworn in

See also: When state legislators assume office after a general election

Georgia legislators assume office the second Monday in January.

Current members

District Representative Party Residence
1 John Deffenbaugh Ends.png Republican
2 Jay Neal Ends.png Republican
3 Tom Weldon, Jr. Ends.png Republican
4 Bruce Broadrick Ends.png Republican
5 John D. Meadows, III Ends.png Republican Calhoun
6 Tom Dickson Ends.png Republican Cohutta
7 David Ralston Ends.png Republican Blue Ridge
8 Stephen Allison Ends.png Republican Blairsville
9 Kevin Tanner Ends.png Republican
10 Terry Rogers Ends.png Republican
11 Rick Jasperse Ends.png Republican
12 Eddie Lumsden Ends.png Republican
13 Katie Dempsey Ends.png Republican Rome
14 Christian Coomer Ends.png Republican
15 Paul Battles Ends.png Republican Cartersville
16 Trey Kelley Ends.png Republican
17 Howard Maxwell Ends.png Republican Dallas
18 Kevin Cooke Ends.png Republican
19 Paulette Braddock Ends.png Republican
20 Michael Caldwell Ends.png Republican
21 Scot Turner Ends.png Republican
22 Calvin Hill Ends.png Republican Canton
23 Mandi Ballinger Ends.png Republican
24 Mark Hamilton Ends.png Republican Cumming
25 Mike Dudgeon Ends.png Republican
26 Geoff Duncan Ends.png Republican
27 Lee Hawkins Ends.png Republican
28 Dan Gasaway Ends.png Republican
29 Carl Rogers Ends.png Republican
30 Emory Dunahoo Ends.png Republican
31 Tommy Benton Ends.png Republican
32 Alan Powell Ends.png Republican
33 Tom McCall Ends.png Republican
34 Charles Gregory Ends.png Republican
35 Ed Setzler Ends.png Republican
36 Earl Ehrhart Ends.png Republican Powder Springs
37 Sam Teasley Ends.png Republican
38 David Wilkerson Electiondot.png Democratic
39 Alisha Thomas Morgan Electiondot.png Democratic Austell
40 Rich Golick Ends.png Republican
41 Michael Smith Electiondot.png Democratic
42 Stacey Evans Electiondot.png Democratic
43 Sharon Cooper Ends.png Republican
44 Don Parsons Ends.png Republican
45 Matt Dollar Ends.png Republican
46 John Carson Ends.png Republican
47 Jan Jones Ends.png Republican Alpharetta
48 Harry Geisinger Ends.png Republican Roswell
49 Chuck Martin Ends.png Republican
50 Lynne Riley Ends.png Republican
51 Wendell Willard Ends.png Republican
52 Joe Wilkinson Ends.png Republican
53 Sheila Jones Electiondot.png Democratic
54 Edward Lindsey Ends.png Republican Atlanta
55 Tyrone Brooks Electiondot.png Democratic
56 Mable Thomas Electiondot.png Democratic
57 Pat Gardner Electiondot.png Democratic Atlanta
58 Simone Bell Electiondot.png Democratic Atlanta
59 Margaret Kaiser Electiondot.png Democratic
60 Keisha Sean Waites Electiondot.png Democratic Atlanta
61 Roger Bruce Electiondot.png Democratic
62 LaDawn Jones Electiondot.png Democratic
63 Ronnie Mabra Electiondot.png Democratic
64 Virgil Fludd Electiondot.png Democratic
65 Sharon Beasley-Teague Electiondot.png Democratic Red Oak
66 Kimberly Alexander Electiondot.png Democratic
67 Micah Gravley Ends.png Republican
68 Dustin Hightower Ends.png Republican Carrollton
69 Randy Nix Ends.png Republican LaGrange
70 Lynn Smith Ends.png Republican Newnan
71 David Stover Ends.png Republican
72 Matthew Ramsey Ends.png Republican Peachtree City
73 John Yates Ends.png Republican Griffin
74 Valencia Stovall Electiondot.png Democratic
75 Mike Glanton Electiondot.png Democratic
76 Sandra Scott Electiondot.png Democratic
77 Darryl Jordan Electiondot.png Democratic Riverdale
78 Demetrius Douglas Electiondot.png Democratic
79 Tom Taylor Ends.png Republican
80 Mike Jacobs Ends.png Republican Atlanta
81 Scott Holcomb Electiondot.png Democratic
82 Mary Margaret Oliver Electiondot.png Democratic Decatur
83 Howard Mosby Electiondot.png Democratic
84 Rahn Mayo Electiondot.png Democratic
85 Karla Drenner Electiondot.png Democratic Avondale Estates
86 Michele Henson Electiondot.png Democratic
87 Earnest Williams Electiondot.png Democratic Stone Mountain
88 Billy Mitchell Electiondot.png Democratic Stone Mountain
89 Stacey Abrams Electiondot.png Democratic
90 Pam Stephenson Electiondot.png Democratic Decatur
91 Dee Dawkins-Haigler Electiondot.png Democratic
92 Tonya Anderson Electiondot.png Democratic
93 Dar'shun Kendrick Electiondot.png Democratic
94 Karen Bennett Electiondot.png Democratic
95 Tom Rice Ends.png Republican
96 Pedro Marin Electiondot.png Democratic Duluth
97 Brooks Coleman, Jr. Ends.png Republican
98 Josh Clark Ends.png Republican
99 Hugh Floyd Electiondot.png Democratic Norcross
100 Brian Thomas Electiondot.png Democratic Lilburn
101 Valerie Clark Ends.png Republican
102 Buzz Brockway Ends.png Republican
103 Timothy Barr Ends.png Republican
104 Donna Sheldon Ends.png Republican Dacula
105 Joyce Chandler Ends.png Republican
106 Brett Harrell Ends.png Republican
107 David Casas Ends.png Republican
108 B.J.Pak Ends.png Republican
109 Dale Rutledge Ends.png Republican
110 Andrew Welch Ends.png Republican
111 Brian Strickland Ends.png Republican
112 Doug Holt Ends.png Republican Social Circle
113 Pam Dickerson Electiondot.png Democratic
114 Tom Kirby Ends.png Republican
115 Bruce Williamson Ends.png Republican
116 Terry England Ends.png Republican
117 Regina Quick Ends.png Republican
118 Spencer Frye Electiondot.png Democratic
119 Chuck Williams Ends.png Republican Augusta
120 Mickey Channell Ends.png Republican
121 Barry Fleming Ends.png Republican
122 Ben Harbin Ends.png Republican
123 Barbara Sims Ends.png Republican
124 Henry Howard Electiondot.png Democratic
125 Earnest Smith Electiondot.png Democratic
126 Gloria Frazier Electiondot.png Democratic
127 Quincy Murphy Electiondot.png Democratic
128 Mack Jackson Electiondot.png Democratic LaGrange
129 Susan Holmes Ends.png Republican
130 David Knight Ends.png Republican
131 Johnnie Caldwell, Jr. Ends.png Republican
132 Carl Von Epps Electiondot.png Democratic
133 John David Pezold Ends.png Republican
134 Richard Smith Ends.png Republican
135 Calvin Smyre Electiondot.png Democratic
136 Carolyn Hugley Electiondot.png Democratic
137 Debbie Buckner Electiondot.png Democratic
138 Mike Cheokas Ends.png Republican
139 Patty Bentley Electiondot.png Democratic
140 Robert Dickey Ends.png Republican
141 Allen Peake Ends.png Republican
142 Nikki Randall Electiondot.png Democratic
143 James Beverly Electiondot.png Democratic
144 Bubber Epps Ends.png Republican
145 E. Culver Kidd Independent
146 Larry O'Neal Ends.png Republican Bonaire
147 Willie Talton Ends.png Republican
148 Buddy Harden Ends.png Republican
149 Jimmy Pruett Ends.png Republican
150 Matt Hatchett Ends.png Republican
151 Gerald Greene Ends.png Republican
152 Ed Rynders Ends.png Republican
153 Carol Fullerton Electiondot.png Democratic
154 Winfred Dukes Electiondot.png Democratic
155 Jay Roberts Ends.png Republican
156 Greg Morris Ends.png Republican Vidalia
157 Delvis Dutton Ends.png Republican
158 Butch Parrish Ends.png Republican
159 Jon G. Burns Ends.png Republican
160 Jan Tankersley Ends.png Republican
161 Bill Hitchens Ends.png Republican
162 Bob Bryant Electiondot.png Democratic
163 J. Craig Gordon Electiondot.png Democratic
164 Ron Stephens Ends.png Republican Savannah
165 Mickey Stephens Electiondot.png Democratic
166 Ben Watson Ends.png Republican
167 Jeff Chapman Ends.png Republican
168 Al Williams Electiondot.png Democratic
169 Chuck Sims Ends.png Republican Ambrose
170 Penny Houston Ends.png Republican Nashville
171 Jay Powell Ends.png Republican
172 Sam Watson Ends.png Republican
173 Darlene Taylor Ends.png Republican
174 Ellis Black Ends.png Republican Valdosta
175 Amy Carter Ends.png Republican Valdosta
176 Jason Shaw Ends.png Republican
177 Dexter Sharper Electiondot.png Democratic
178 Chad Nimmer Ends.png Republican
179 Alex Atwood Ends.png Republican
180 Jason Spencer Ends.png Republican

Standing committees

The Georgia House has 37 standing committees: [12]

External links

References