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Revision as of 12:11, 26 August 2013

Georgia House of Representatives

Georgia State Senate Seal.jpg
General Information
Type:   Lower house
Term limits:   None
2015 session start:   January 14, 2013
Website:   Official House Page
House Speaker:  David Ralston, (R)
Majority Leader:   Larry O'Neal, (R)
Minority Leader:   Stacey Abrams, (D)
Members:  180
   Democratic Party (59)
Republican Party (114)
Independent (1)
Vacant (2)
Length of term:   2 years
Authority:   Art III, Georgia Constitution
Salary:   $17,342/year + per diem
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 2015, Georgia is one of 23 Republican state government trifectas.


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.


See also: Dates of 2013 state legislative sessions

In 2013, the Legislature was in session from January 14 through March 29.

Major issues

Major issues during the 2013 legislative session included juvenile-justice reform, regulation of coin-operated video games, ethics reform and a budget that was previously facing a $700 million deficit.[4]


See also: Dates of 2012 state legislative sessions

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


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]


See also: Dates of 2010 state legislative sessions

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

Ethics and transparency

Open States Transparency

See also: Open States' Legislative Data Report Card

The Sunlight Foundation released an "Open Legislative Data Report Card" in March 2013. Georgia was given a grade of A in the report. The report card evaluated how adequate, complete and accessible legislative data was to the general public. A total of 10 states received an A: Arkansas, Connecticut, Georgia, Kansas, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, Texas, Virginia and Washington.[7]



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.[8]

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


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: [9]


See also: Georgia House of Representatives elections, 2008

Elections for the office of Georgia House of Representatives consisted of a primary election on July 15, 2008, and a general election on November 4, 2008.

During the 2008 election, the total contributions to House candidates was $12,277,303. The top 10 contributors were:[10]


See also: Georgia House of Representatives elections, 2006

Elections for the office of Georgia House of Representatives consisted of a primary election on July 19, 2006, and a general election on November 7, 2006.

During the 2006 election, the total contributions to House candidates was $15,007,813. The top 10 contributors were:[11]


See also: Georgia House of Representatives elections, 2004

Elections for the office of Georgia House of Representatives consisted of a primary election on July 20, 2004, and a general election on November 2, 2004.

During the 2004 election, the total contributions to House candidates was $15,667,776. The top 10 contributors were:[12]


See also: Georgia House of Representatives elections, 2002

Elections for the office of Georgia House of Representatives consisted of a primary election on August 20, 2002, and a general election on November 5, 2002.

During the 2002 election, the total contributions to House candidates was $13,026,625. The top 10 contributors were:[13]


See also: Georgia House of Representatives elections, 2000

Elections for the office of Georgia House of Representatives consisted of a primary election on July 18, 2000, and a general election on November 7, 2000.

During the 2000 election, the total contributions to House candidates was $9,462,955. The top 10 contributors were:[14]


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."


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[15].



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.[16]

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 Vacant 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 May 2015
     Democratic Party 59
     Republican Party 114
     Independent 1
     Vacancy 6
Total 180

The chart below shows the partisan composition of the Georgia State House of Representatives from 1992-2013.
Partisan composition of the Georgia State House.PNG


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.[17]

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

Current members, Georgia House of Representatives
District Senator Party Assumed office
1 John Deffenbaugh Ends.png Republican 2013
2 Jay Neal Ends.png Republican 2005
3 Tom Weldon, Jr. Ends.png Republican 2009
4 Bruce Broadrick Ends.png Republican 2013
5 John D. Meadows, III Ends.png Republican 2005
6 Tom Dickson Ends.png Republican 2005
7 David Ralston Ends.png Republican 2003
8 Stephen Allison Ends.png Republican 2009
9 Kevin Tanner Ends.png Republican 2013
10 Terry Rogers Ends.png Republican 2011
11 Rick Jasperse Ends.png Republican 2010
12 Eddie Lumsden Ends.png Republican 2013
13 Katie Dempsey Ends.png Republican 2007
14 Christian Coomer Ends.png Republican 2011
15 Paul Battles Ends.png Republican 2009
16 Trey Kelley Ends.png Republican 2013
17 Howard Maxwell Ends.png Republican 2003
18 Kevin Cooke Ends.png Republican 2011
19 Paulette Braddock Ends.png Republican 2011
20 Michael Caldwell Ends.png Republican 2013
21 Scot Turner Ends.png Republican 2013
22 Calvin Hill Ends.png Republican 2003
23 Mandi Ballinger Ends.png Republican 2013
24 Mark Hamilton Ends.png Republican 2007
25 Mike Dudgeon Ends.png Republican 2011
26 Geoff Duncan Ends.png Republican 2013
27 Lee Hawkins Ends.png Republican 2013
28 Dan Gasaway Ends.png Republican 2013
29 Carl Rogers Ends.png Republican 1995
30 Emory Dunahoo Ends.png Republican 2011
31 Tommy Benton Ends.png Republican 2005
32 Alan Powell Ends.png Republican 1991
33 Tom McCall Ends.png Republican 2013
34 Charles Gregory Ends.png Republican 2013
35 Ed Setzler Ends.png Republican 2005
36 Earl Ehrhart Ends.png Republican 1989
37 Sam Teasley Ends.png Republican 2011
38 David Wilkerson Electiondot.png Democratic 2011
39 Alisha Thomas Morgan Electiondot.png Democratic 2003
40 Rich Golick Ends.png Republican 1999
41 Michael Smith Electiondot.png Democratic 2013
42 Stacey Evans Electiondot.png Democratic 2013
43 Sharon Cooper Ends.png Republican 1997
44 Don Parsons Ends.png Republican 2013
45 Matt Dollar Ends.png Republican 2003
46 John Carson Ends.png Republican 2011
47 Jan Jones Ends.png Republican 2003
48 Harry Geisinger Ends.png Republican 2007
49 Chuck Martin Ends.png Republican 2003
50 Lynne Riley Ends.png Republican 2011
51 Wendell Willard Ends.png Republican 2001
52 Joe Wilkinson Ends.png Republican 2001
53 Sheila Jones Electiondot.png Democratic 2005
54 Edward Lindsey Ends.png Republican 2005
55 Tyrone Brooks Electiondot.png Democratic 1981
56 Mable Thomas Electiondot.png Democratic 2013
57 Pat Gardner Electiondot.png Democratic 2001
58 Simone Bell Electiondot.png Democratic 2010
59 Margaret Kaiser Electiondot.png Democratic 2007
60 Keisha Sean Waites Electiondot.png Democratic 2012
61 Roger Bruce Electiondot.png Democratic 2003
62 LaDawn Jones Electiondot.png Democratic 2013
63 Ronnie Mabra Electiondot.png Democratic 2013
64 Virgil Fludd Electiondot.png Democratic 2003
65 Sharon Beasley-Teague Electiondot.png Democratic 1993
66 Kimberly Alexander Electiondot.png Democratic 2013
67 Micah Gravley Ends.png Republican 2013
68 Dustin Hightower Ends.png Republican 2012
69 Randy Nix Ends.png Republican 2007
70 Lynn Smith Ends.png Republican 1997
71 David Stover Ends.png Republican 2013
72 Matthew Ramsey Ends.png Republican 2007
73 John Yates Ends.png Republican 1993
74 Valencia Stovall Electiondot.png Democratic 2013
75 Mike Glanton Electiondot.png Democratic 2013
76 Sandra Scott Electiondot.png Democratic 2011
77 Darryl Jordan Electiondot.png Democratic 2001
78 Demetrius Douglas Electiondot.png Democratic 2013
79 Tom Taylor Ends.png Republican 2011
80 Mike Jacobs Ends.png Republican 2005
81 Scott Holcomb Electiondot.png Democratic 2011
82 Mary Margaret Oliver Electiondot.png Democratic 2003
83 Howard Mosby Electiondot.png Democratic 2003
84 Rahn Mayo Electiondot.png Democratic 2009
85 Karla Drenner Electiondot.png Democratic 2001
86 Michele Henson Electiondot.png Democratic 1991
87 Earnest Williams Electiondot.png Democratic 2003
88 Billy Mitchell Electiondot.png Democratic 2003
89 Stacey Abrams Electiondot.png Democratic 2007
90 Pam Stephenson Electiondot.png Democratic 2005
91 Dee Dawkins-Haigler Electiondot.png Democratic 2008
92 Tonya Anderson Electiondot.png Democratic 2013
93 Dar'shun Kendrick Electiondot.png Democratic 2011
94 Karen Bennett Electiondot.png Democratic 2013
95 Tom Rice Ends.png Republican 1997
96 Pedro Marin Electiondot.png Democratic 2003
97 Brooks Coleman, Jr. Ends.png Republican 1993
98 Josh Clark Ends.png Republican 2011
99 Hugh Floyd Electiondot.png Democratic 2003
100 Brian Thomas Electiondot.png Democratic 2005
101 Valerie Clark Ends.png Republican 2011
102 Buzz Brockway Ends.png Republican 2011
103 Timothy Barr Ends.png Republican 2013
104 Vacant
105 Joyce Chandler Ends.png Republican 2013
106 Brett Harrell Ends.png Republican 2011
107 David Casas Ends.png Republican 2003
108 B.J.Pak Ends.png Republican 2011
109 Dale Rutledge Ends.png Republican 2013
110 Andrew Welch Ends.png Republican 2011
111 Brian Strickland Ends.png Republican 2013
112 Doug Holt Ends.png Republican 2005
113 Pam Dickerson Electiondot.png Democratic 2011
114 Tom Kirby Ends.png Republican 2012
115 Bruce Williamson Ends.png Republican 2011
116 Terry England Ends.png Republican 2005
117 Regina Quick Ends.png Republican 2013
118 Spencer Frye Electiondot.png Democratic 2013
119 Chuck Williams Ends.png Republican 2011
120 Mickey Channell Ends.png Republican 1993
121 Barry Fleming Ends.png Republican 2013
122 Ben Harbin Ends.png Republican 1995
123 Barbara Sims Ends.png Republican 2007
124 Henry Howard Electiondot.png Democratic 2007
125 Earnest Smith Electiondot.png Democratic 2009
126 Gloria Frazier Electiondot.png Democratic 2007
127 Vacant
128 Mack Jackson Electiondot.png Democratic 2009
129 Susan Holmes Ends.png Republican 2011
130 David Knight Ends.png Republican 2005
131 Johnnie Caldwell, Jr. Ends.png Republican 2013
132 Carl Von Epps Electiondot.png Democratic 1993
133 John David Pezold Ends.png Republican 2013
134 Richard Smith Ends.png Republican 2005
135 Calvin Smyre Electiondot.png Democratic 1975
136 Carolyn Hugley Electiondot.png Democratic 1993
137 Debbie Buckner Electiondot.png Democratic 2003
138 Mike Cheokas Ends.png Republican 2005
139 Patty Bentley Electiondot.png Democratic 2013
140 Robert Dickey Ends.png Republican 2011
141 Allen Peake Ends.png Republican 2007
142 Nikki Randall Electiondot.png Democratic 1999
143 James Beverly Electiondot.png Democratic 2011
144 Bubber Epps Ends.png Republican 2009
145 E. Culver Kidd Grey.png Nonpartisan 2009
146 Larry O'Neal Ends.png Republican 2001
147 Willie Talton Ends.png Republican 2005
148 Buddy Harden Ends.png Republican 2009
149 Jimmy Pruett Ends.png Republican 2007
150 Matt Hatchett Ends.png Republican 2011
151 Gerald Greene Ends.png Republican 1983
152 Ed Rynders Ends.png Republican 2003
153 Carol Fullerton Electiondot.png Democratic 2009
154 Winfred Dukes Electiondot.png Democratic 1997
155 Jay Roberts Ends.png Republican 2003
156 Greg Morris Ends.png Republican 1999
157 Delvis Dutton Ends.png Republican 2011
158 Butch Parrish Ends.png Republican 1985
159 Jon G. Burns Ends.png Republican 2005
160 Jan Tankersley Ends.png Republican 2011
161 Bill Hitchens Ends.png Republican 2013
162 Bob Bryant Electiondot.png Democratic 2005
163 J. Craig Gordon Electiondot.png Democratic 2007
164 Ron Stephens Ends.png Republican 1997
165 Mickey Stephens Electiondot.png Democratic 2009
166 Ben Watson Ends.png Republican 2011
167 Jeff Chapman Ends.png Republican 2013
168 Al Williams Electiondot.png Democratic 2003
169 Chuck Sims Ends.png Republican 1997
170 Penny Houston Ends.png Republican 1997
171 Jay Powell Ends.png Republican 2009
172 Sam Watson Ends.png Republican 2013
173 Darlene Taylor Ends.png Republican 2011
174 Ellis Black Ends.png Republican 2001
175 Amy Carter Ends.png Republican 2007
176 Jason Shaw Ends.png Republican 2011
177 Dexter Sharper Electiondot.png Democratic 2013
178 Chad Nimmer Ends.png Republican 2011
179 Alex Atwood Ends.png Republican 2011
180 Jason Spencer Ends.png Republican 2011

Standing committees

The Georgia House has 37 standing committees: [18]


Partisan balance 1992-2013

See also: Ballotpedia:Who Runs the States and Ballotpedia:Who Runs the States, Georgia
Partisan breakdown of the Georgia legislature from 1992-2013

From 1992-2013, the Democratic Party was the majority in the Georgia State House of Representatives for the first 13 years and the Republicans were the majority for the last nine years. During the final nine years of the study, Georgia was under Republican trifectas.

Across the country, there were 577 Democratic and 483 Republican State Houses of Representatives from 1992 to 2013.

Over the course of the 22-year study, state governments became increasingly more partisan. At the outset of the study period (1992), 18 of the 49 states with partisan legislatures had single-party trifectas and 31 states had divided governments. In 2013, only 13 states have divided governments, while single-party trifectas held sway in 36 states, the most in the 22 years studied.

The chart below shows the partisan composition of the Office of the Governor of Georgia, the Georgia State Senate and the Georgia House of Representatives from 1992-2013. Partisan composition of Georgia state government(1992-2013).PNG

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