Georgia House of Representatives

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Georgia House of Representatives
Georgia General Assembly
Coat of arms or logo
Type
Type
Term limits
None
History
New session started
January 14, 2019
Leadership
David Ralston (R)
since January 11, 2010
Jan Jones (R)
since January 11, 2010
Majority Leader
Jon G. Burns (R)
since November 9, 2010
Minority Leader
Robert Trammell (D)
since July 24, 2017
Structure
Seats180
Georgia House of Representatives partisan diagram.svg
Political groups
Majority

Minority

Length of term
2 years
AuthorityArticle III, Georgia Constitution
Salary$17,342/year + per diem[citation needed]
Elections
Last election
November 6, 2018
(180 seats)
Next election
November 3, 2020
(180 seats)
RedistrictingLegislative control
Meeting place
House Chamber, Georgia State Capitol, Atlanta 20160718 1.jpg
House of Representatives Chamber
Georgia State Capitol
Atlanta, Georgia
Website
Georgia House of Representatives

The Georgia House of Representatives is the lower house of the Georgia General Assembly (the state legislature) of the U.S. state of Georgia. There are currently 180 elected members.

History[edit]

The Georgia House of Representatives was created in 1777 during the American Revolution, making it older than the U.S. Congress. During its existence, its meeting place has moved multiple times, from Savannah to Augusta, to Louisville, to Milledgeville and finally to Atlanta in 1868.[1]

In 1867, the military governor of Georgia called for an assembly in Atlanta to discuss a constitutional convention. Atlanta officials moved to make the city Georgia's new state capital, donating the location of Atlanta's first city hall. The constitutional convention agreed and the people voted to ratify the decision on April 20, 1868. The Georgia General Assembly first presided in Atlanta on July 4, 1868.[1]

On October 26, 1884, construction began on a new state capitol and was first occupied on June 15, 1889.[1]

Powers and privileges[edit]

The state constitution gives the state legislature the power to make state laws, restrict land to protect and preserve the environment and natural resources, form a state militia under the command of the Governor of Georgia, expend public money, condemn property, zone property, participate in tourism, and control and regulate outdoor advertising.[2]

The state legislature cannot grant incorporation to private persons but may establish laws governing the incorporation process. It is also prohibited from authorizing contracts or agreements that may have the effect of or the intent of lessening competition or encouraging a monopoly.

Privileges[edit]

Members of the Georgia House of Representatives maintain two privileges during their time in office. First, no member can be arrested during session or during committee meetings except in cases of treason, felony, or "breach of the peace". Second, members are not liable for anything they might say in session or committee meetings.

Composition[edit]

According to the state constitution of 1983, this body is to comprise no fewer than 180 members elected for two-year terms. Current state law provides for 180 members. Elections are held the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November in even-numbered years.

It is the third-largest lower house of the 50 United States (behind New Hampshire (400) and Pennsylvania (203)).[3]

As of 2011, attorneys account for about 16.1% of the membership of the Georgia House of Representatives, a relatively low figure.[4]

105 75
Republican Democratic
Affiliation Party
(Shading indicates majority caucus)
Total
Republican Democratic Vacant
Beginning of 154th General Assembly 118 62 180 0
End of 154th General Assembly 115 64 179 1
Beginning of 155th General Assembly 105 75 180 0
Latest voting share 58.3% 41.7%

Officers[5][edit]

The House of Representatives elects its own Speaker as well as a Speaker Pro Tempore. The current speaker of the Georgia House of Representatives is David Ralston. The current Speaker Pro Tempore is Jan Jones. 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. The current clerk is William L. Reilly.[6]

Office Representative Party
Speaker of the House David Ralston Republican
Speaker pro tempore Jan Jones Republican
Majority Leader Jon Burns Republican
Majority Whip Trey Kelley Republican
Majority Caucus Chairman Matt Hatchett Republican
Majority Caucus Vice-Chairman Micah Gravley Republican
Majority Caucus Secretary/Treasurer Bruce Williamson Republican
Majority Caucus Chief Deputy Whip Mark Newton Republican
Minority Leader Robert Trammell Democratic
Minority Whip William Boddie Democratic
Minority Caucus Chairman James Beverly Democratic
Minority Caucus Vice-Chairwoman Erica Thomas Democratic
Minority Caucus Secretary Pat Gardner Democratic
Minority Caucus Treasurer Kimberly Alexander Democratic
Minority Caucus Chief Deputy Whip Dar'shun Kendrick Democratic

Members of the House of Representatives[edit]

District Representative Party Residence Counties Represented
1 Colton Moore Republican Trenton Dade, Walker
2 Steve Tarvin Republican Chickamauga Catoosa, Walker, Whitfield
3 Dewayne Hill Republican Ringgold Catoosa
4 Kasey Carpenter Republican Dalton Whitfield
5 Matt Barton Republican Calhoun
6 Jason Ridley Republican Cohutta Whitfield, Murray
7 David Ralston, Speaker Republican Blue Ridge Dawson, Fannin, Gilmer
8 Matt Gurtler Republican Blairsville Rabun, Towns, Union, White
9 Kevin Tanner Republican Dawsonville Dawson, Forsyth, Lumpkin
10 Terry Rogers Republican Clarkesville Habersham, White
11 Rick Jasperse Republican Jasper Gordon, Murray, Pickens
12 Eddie Lumsden Republican Armuchee Chattooga, Floyd
13 Katie M. Dempsey Republican Rome Floyd
14 Mitchell Scoggins Republican Cartersville Bartow, Floyd
15 Matthew Gambill Republican Cartersville Bartow
16 Trey Kelley Republican Cedartown Bartow, Haralson, Polk
17 Martin Momtahan Republican Dallas Paulding
18 Kevin Cooke Republican Carrollton Carroll, Haralson
19 Joseph Gullett Republican Dallas Paulding
20 Michael Caldwell Republican Woodstock Cherokee
21 Scot Turner Republican Holly Springs Cherokee
22 Wes Cantrell Republican Canton Cherokee, Forsyth, Fulton
23 Mandi L. Ballinger Republican Canton Cherokee
24 Sheri Gilligan Republican Cumming Forsyth
25 Todd Jones Republican Suwanee Forsyth, Fulton
26 Marc Morris Republican Cumming Forsyth
27 Lee Hawkins Republican Gainesville Hall, White
28 Vacant Banks, Stephens
29 Matt Dubnik Republican Gainesville Hall
30 Emory Dunahoo Republican Gainesville Hall
31 Tommy Benton Republican Jefferson Jackson
32 Alan Powell Republican Hartwell Franklin, Hart, Madison
33 Tom McCall Republican Elberton
34 Bert Reeves Republican Kennesaw Cobb
35 Ed Setzler Republican Acworth Cobb
36 Ginny Ehrhart Republican Powder Springs Cobb
37 Mary Frances Williams Democratic Marietta Cobb
38 David Wilkerson Democratic Austell Cobb
39 Erica Thomas Democratic Austell Cobb
40 Erick E. Allen Democratic Smyrna Cobb, Fulton
41 Michael Smith Democratic Marietta Cobb
42 Teri Anulewicz Democratic Smyrna Cobb
43 Sharon Cooper Republican Marietta Cobb
44 Don Parsons Republican Marietta Cobb
45 Matt Dollar Republican Marietta Cobb, Fulton
46 John Carson Republican Marietta Cherokee, Cobb
47 Jan Jones Republican Milton Fulton
48 Mary Robichaux Democratic Roswell Fulton
49 Chuck Martin Republican Alpharetta Fulton
50 Angelika Kausche Democratic Johns Creek Fulton
51 Josh McLaurin Democratic Sandy Springs Fulton
52 Deborah Silcox Republican Atlanta Fulton
53 Sheila Jones Democratic Smyrna Cobb, Fulton
54 Betsy Holland Democratic Atlanta Fulton
55 Marie Metze Democratic Atlanta Fulton
56 "Able" Mable Thomas Democratic Atlanta Fulton
57 Pat Gardner Democratic Atlanta Fulton
58 Park Cannon Democratic Atlanta Fulton
59 David Dreyer Democratic Atlanta Fulton
60 Kim Schofield Democratic Atlanta Clayton, Fulton
61 Roger B. Bruce Democratic Atlanta Cobb, Douglas, Fulton
62 William Boddie Democratic Atlanta Douglas, Fulton
63 Debra Mazemore Democratic Fayetteville Clayton, Fayette, Fulton
64 Derrick Jackson Democratic Tyrone Fayette, Fulton
65 Sharon Beasley-Teague Democratic Red Oak Douglas, Fulton
66 Kimberly Alexander Democratic Hiram Douglas, Paulding
67 Micah Gravley Republican Douglasville Douglas, Paulding
68 J. Collins Republican Villa Rica Carroll, Douglas
69 Randy Nix Republican LaGrange Carroll, Heard, Troup
70 Lynn Ratigan Smith Republican Newnan Carroll, Coweta
71 David Stover Republican Newnan Coweta, Fayette
72 Josh Bonner Republican Peachtree City Coweta, Fayette
73 Karen Mathiak Republican Griffin Fayette, Henry, Spalding
74 Valencia Stovall Democratic Ellenwood Clayton
75 Mike Glanton Democratic Jonesboro Clayton
76 Sandra Scott Democratic Rex Clayton, Henry
77 Rhonda Burnough Democratic Riverdale Clayton
78 Demetrius Douglas Democratic Stockbridge Clayton, Henry
79 Mike Wilensky Democratic Dunwoody DeKalb
80 Matthew Wilson Democratic Brookhaven DeKalb, Fulton
81 Scott Holcomb Democratic Atlanta DeKalb, Gwinnett
82 Mary Margaret Oliver Democratic Decatur DeKalb
83 Becky Evans Democratic Atlanta DeKalb
84 Renitta Shannon Democratic Atlanta DeKalb
85 Karla Drenner Democratic Avondale Estates DeKalb
86 Michele D. Henson Democratic Stone Mountain DeKalb
87 Viola Davis Democratic Stone Mountain DeKalb
88 Billy Mitchell Democratic Stone Mountain DeKalb
89 Bee Nguyen Democratic Atlanta DeKalb
90 Pam Stephenson Democratic Decatur DeKalb, Henry, Rockdale
91 Vernon Jones Democratic Lithonia DeKalb, Rockdale
92 Doreen Carter Democratic Lithonia DeKalb, Rockdale
93 Dar'shun Kendrick Democratic Lithonia DeKalb, Gwinnett
94 Karen Bennett Democratic Stone Mountain DeKalb, Gwinnett
95 Beth Moore Democratic Peachtree Corners Fulton, Gwinnett
96 Pedro Marin Democratic Duluth Gwinnett
97 Brooks Coleman Republican Duluth Gwinnett
98 David Clark Republican Buford Gwinnett
99 Brenda Lopez Democratic Norcross Gwinnett
100 Dewey McClain Democratic Lilburn Gwinnett
101 Sam Park Democratic Lawrenceville Gwinnett
102 Gregg Kennard Democratic Lawrenceville Gwinnett
103 Timothy Barr Republican Lawrenceville Gwinnett, Hall
104 Chuck Efstration Republican Dacula Gwinnett
105 Donna McLeod Democratic Lawrenceville Gwinnett
106 Brett Harrell Republican Snellville Gwinnett
107 Shelly Hutchinson Democratic Snellville Gwinnett
108 Jasmine Clark Democratic Tucker Gwinnett
109 Dale Rutledge Republican McDonough Henry, Newton, Rockdale
110 Andrew Welch Republican McDonough Butts, Henry, Newton
111 El-Mahdi Holly Democratic Stockbridge Henry
112 Dave Belton Republican Social Circle Newton, Rockdale
113 Pamela Dickerson Democratic Conyers Barrow, Gwinnett, Rockdale, Walton
114 Tom Kirby Republican Loganville Barrow, Gwinnett, Rockdale, Walton
115 Bruce Williamson Republican Monroe Morgan, Newton
116 Terry Lamar England Republican Auburn Barrow
117 Houston Gaines Republican Athens Barrow, Clarke, Jackson, Oconee
118 Spencer Frye Democratic Athens Clarke
119 Marcus A. Wiedower Republican Watkinsville Clark, Oconee
120 Trey Rhodes Republican Greensboro Greene, Oglethorpe, Putnam, Taliaferro, Wilkes
121 Barry Fleming Republican Harlem Columbia, McDuffie
122 Jodi Lott Republican Evans Columbia
123 Mark Newton Republican Augusta Columbia, Richmond
124 Wayne Howard Democratic Augusta Richmond
125 Sheila Clark Nelson Democratic Augusta Richmond
126 Gloria Frazier Democratic Hephzibah Burke, Richmond
127 Brian Prince Democratic Augusta Jefferson, Richmond
128 Mack Jackson Democratic Sandersville Glascock, Hancock, Jefferson, Johnson, McDuffie, Warren, Washington
129 Susan Holmes Republican Monticello Butts, Jasper, Jones, Monroe
130 David Knight Republican Griffin Henry, Lamar, Spalding
131 Ken Pullin Republican Zebulon Lamar, Pike, Upson
132 Robert Trammell Democratic LaGrange Coweta, Meriwether, Troup
133 Vance Smith Republican Pine Mountain Harris, Muscogee, Troup
134 Richard H. Smith Republican Columbus Harris, Muscogee
135 Calvin Smyre Democratic Columbus Muscogee
136 Carolyn Hugley Democratic Columbus Muscogee
137 Debbie Buckner Democratic Junction City Harris, Meriwether, Muscogee, Talbot
138 Mike Cheokas Republican Americus Sumter, Schley, Marion, Chattahoochee
139 Patty Bentley Democratic Reynolds Dooly, Macon, Peach, Taylor
140 Robert Dickey Republican Musella Bibb, Crawford, Houston, Monroe, Peach
141 Dale Washburn Republican Macon Bibb, Monroe
142 Miriam Paris Democratic Macon Bibb
143 James Beverly Democratic Macon Bibb
144 Danny Mathis Republican Cochran Bibb, Bleckley, Houston, Jones, Laurens, Twiggs, Wilkinson
145 Rick Williams Republican Milledgeville Baldwin, Putnam
146 Shaw Blackmon Republican Bonaire Houston
147 Heath Clark Republican Warner Robins Houston
148 Noel Williams, Jr. Republican Cordele Crisp, Houston, Pulaski, Wilcox
149 Jimmy Pruett Republican Eastman Dodge, Jeff Davis, Laurens, Wheeler
150 Matt Hatchett Republican Dublin Johnson, Laurens, Treutlen
151 Gerald E. Greene Republican Cuthbert Calhoun, Clay, Dougherty, Early, Quitman, Randolph, Stewart, Terrell, Webster
152 Ed Rynders Republican Albany Lee, Sumter, Worth
153 CaMia Hopson Democratic Albany Dougherty
154 Winfred J. Dukes Democratic Albany Baker, Dougherty, Miller, Seminole
155 Clay Pirkle Republican Ocilla Ben Hill, Coffee, Irwin, Tift, Turner
156 Greg Morris Republican Vidalia Appling, Jeff Davis, Montgomery, Toombs
157 Bill Werkheiser Republican Glennville Evans, Tattnall, Wayne
158 Larry "Butch" Parrish Republican Swainsboro Bulloch, Candler, Emanuel, Jenkins
159 Jon G. Burns Republican Newington Bulloch, Effingham, Screven
160 Jan Tankersley Republican Brooklet Bryan, Bulloch
161 Bill Hitchens Republican Rincon Chatham, Effingham
162 Carl Wayne Gillard Democratic Garden City Chatham
163 J. Craig Gordon Democratic Savannah Chatham
164 Ron Stephens Republican Savannah Bryan, Chatham, Liberty
165 Mickey Stephens Democratic Savannah Chatham
166 Jesse Petrea Republican Savannah Bryan, Chatham
167 Jeff Jones Republican Brunswick Glynn, Long, McIntosh
168 Al Williams Democratic Midway Liberty
169 Dominic LaRiccia Republican Ambrose Bacon, Jeff Davis
170 Penny Houston Republican Nashville Tift, Cook
171 Jay Powell Republican Camilla Colquitt, Decatur, Mitchell
172 Sam Watson Republican Moultrie Colquitt, Thomas, Tift
173 Darlene K. Taylor Republican Thomasville Decatur, Grady, Thomas
174 John Corbett Republican Valdosta Camden, Charlton, Clinch, Echols, Lowndes, Ware
175 John LaHood Republican Valdosta Brooks, Lowndes, Thomas
176 Jason Shaw Republican Lakeland
177 Dexter Sharper Democratic Valdosta Lowndes
178 Steven Meeks Republican Screven Appling, Brantley, Pierce, Wayne
179 Don Hogan Republican Brunswick Glynn
180 Steven Sainz Republican Woodbine Camden, Charlton, Ware

List of committees[edit]

  • Agriculture and Consumer Affairs
  • Judiciary
  • Appropriations
  • Judiciary – Non-Civil
  • Banks and Banking
  • Legislative and Congressional Reapportionment
  • MARTOC
  • Defense and Veterans Affairs
  • Motor Vehicles
  • Economic Development and Tourism
  • Natural Resources and Environment
  • Education
  • Public Safety and Homeland Security
  • Ethics
  • Energy, Utilities and Telecommunications
  • Game, Fish, and Parks
  • Regulated Industries
  • Governmental Affairs
  • Retirement
  • Health and Human Services
  • Rules
  • Higher Education
  • Science and Technology
  • Human Relations and Aging
  • Special Rules
  • Industry and Labor
  • State Properties
  • Information and Audits
  • State Planning and Community Affairs
  • Insurance
  • Transportation
  • Interstate Cooperation
  • Ways and Means
  • Intergovernmental Coordination
  • Budget & Fiscal Affairs Oversight
  • Code Revision
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Small Business Development

Past composition of the House of Representatives[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c The Capitalization of Georgia, Georgia State Government. (accessed June 2, 2013)
  2. ^ Article III Section VI Archived December 9, 2007, at the Wayback Machine, Georgia Constitution (accessed June 2, 2013)
  3. ^ brenda erickson (October 11, 2007). "Population and Size of Legislature". Ncsl.org. Retrieved April 5, 2011.
  4. ^ "Georgia House of Representatives". Georgia House of Representatives. Retrieved June 6, 2011.
  5. ^ "House Leadership". www.house.ga.gov. Retrieved February 20, 2019.
  6. ^ [1]

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