Georgia House of Representatives

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Georgia House of Representatives
Georgia General Assembly
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Term limits
New session started
January 14, 2019
David Ralston (R)
since January 11, 2010
Jan Jones (R)
since January 11, 2010
Majority Leader
Jon G. Burns (R)
since November 9, 2010
Majority Whip
Minority Leader
Bob Trammell (D)
since July 24, 2017
Minority Whip
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Political groups
  •   Republican (104)


  • Vacant (1)
Length of term
2 years
AuthorityArticle III, Georgia Constitution
Salary$17,342/year + per diem [1]
Last election
November 3, 2020
(180 seats)
Next election
November 8, 2022
(180 seats)
RedistrictingLegislative control
Meeting place
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House of Representatives Chamber
Georgia State Capitol
Atlanta, Georgia
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. Republicans have had a majority in the chamber since 2005. The current House Speaker is David Ralston.


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. [2]

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. [2]

On October 26, 1884, construction began on a new state capitol and was first occupied on June 15, 1889. [2]

Powers and privileges

The state constitution gives the state legislature the power to make state laws, restrict land use 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. [3]

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.


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.


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)). [4] Republicans currently have a majority, though Democrats picked up 11 seats in the 2018 elections.

As of 2011, attorneys account for about 16.1% of the membership of the Georgia House of Representatives, a relatively low figure. [5]

(Shading indicates majority caucus)
Republican Democratic Vacant
Beginning of 154th General Assembly118621800
End of 154th General Assembly115641791
Beginning of 155th General Assembly105751800
Latest voting share

Officers [6]

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. [7]

Speaker of the House David Ralston Republican
Speaker pro tempore Jan Jones Republican
Majority Leader Jon G. 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 James Beverly Democratic
Minority Whip David Wilkerson Democratic
Minority Caucus ChairmanBilly Mitchell Democratic
Minority Caucus Vice-Chairwoman Erica Thomas Democratic
Minority Caucus Secretary Park Cannon Democratic
Minority Caucus Treasurer Mary Robichaux Democratic
Minority Caucus Chief Deputy Whip Debra Bazemore Democratic

List of current representatives

DistrictRepresentativePartySinceResidenceCounties represented
1 Mike Cameron Republican2021 Rossville Dade, Walker
2 Steve Tarvin Republican2014 Chickamauga Catoosa, Walker, Whitfield
3 Dewayne Hill Republican2017 Ringgold Catoosa
4 Kasey Carpenter Republican2017 Dalton Whitfield
5 Matt Barton Republican2019 Calhoun Gordon, Murray
6 Jason Ridley Republican2017 Chatsworth Murray, Whitfield
7 David Ralston Republican2003 Blue Ridge Dawson, Fannin, Gilmer
8 Stan Gunter Republican2021 Blairsville Rabun, Towns, Union, White
9 Will Wade Republican2013 Dawsonville Dawson, Forsyth, Lumpkin
10 Victor Anderson Republican2021 Cornelia Habersham, White
11 Rick Jasperse Republican2010 Jasper Gordon, Murray, Pickens
12 Eddie Lumsden Republican2013 Armuchee Chattooga, Floyd
13 Katie M. Dempsey Republican2007 Rome Floyd
14 Mitchell Scoggins Republican2019 Cartersville Bartow, Floyd
15 Matthew Gambill Republican2019 Cartersville Bartow
16 Trey Kelley Republican2013 Cedartown Bartow, Haralson, Polk
17 Martin Momtahan Republican2019 Dallas Paulding
18 Tyler Smith Republican2021 Bremen Carroll, Haralson
19 Joseph Gullett Republican2019 Dallas Paulding
20 Charlice Byrd Republican2013 Woodstock Cherokee
21 Brad Thomas Republican2013 Holly Springs Cherokee
22 Wes Cantrell Republican2015 Woodstock Cherokee, Forsyth, Fulton
23 Mandi L. Ballinger Republican2013 Canton Cherokee
24 Sheri Gilligan Republican2015 Cumming Forsyth
25 Todd Jones Republican2017South Forsyth Forsyth, Fulton
26 Lauren McDonald Republican2021 Cumming Forsyth
27 Lee Hawkins Republican2013 Gainesville Hall, White
28 Chris Erwin Republican2019 Homer Banks, Habersham, Stephens
29 Matt Dubnik Republican2017 Gainesville Hall
30 Emory Dunahoo Republican2011 Gillsville Hall
31 Tommy Benton Republican2005 Jefferson Jackson
32 Alan Powell Republican1991 Hartwell Franklin, Hart, Madison
33 Rob Leverett Republican1995 Elberton Columbia, Elbert, Lincoln, Madison, Wilkes
34 Bert Reeves Republican2015 Marietta Cobb
35 Ed Setzler Republican2005 Acworth Cobb
36 Ginny Ehrhart Republican2019 Marietta Cobb
37 Mary Frances Williams Democratic2019 Marietta Cobb
38 David Wilkerson Democratic2011 Powder Springs Cobb
39 Erica Thomas Democratic2015 Austell Cobb, Douglas
40 Erick Allen Democratic2019 Smyrna Cobb, Fulton
41 Michael Smith Democratic2013 Marietta Cobb
42 Teri Anulewicz Democratic2017 Smyrna Cobb
43 Sharon Cooper Republican1997 Marietta Cobb
44 Don Parsons Republican1995 Marietta Cobb
45 Matt Dollar Republican2003 Marietta Cobb, Fulton
46 John Carson Republican2011 Marietta Cherokee, Cobb
47 Jan Jones Republican2003 Milton Fulton
48 Mary Robichaux Democratic2019 Roswell Fulton
49 Chuck Martin Republican2003 Alpharetta Fulton
50 Angelika Kausche Democratic2019 Johns Creek Fulton
51 Josh McLaurin Democratic2019 Sandy Springs Fulton
52 Shea Roberts Democratic2021 Atlanta Fulton
53 Sheila Jones Democratic2005 Atlanta Cobb, Fulton
54 Betsy Holland Democratic2019 Atlanta Fulton
55 Marie Metze Democratic2015 Atlanta Fulton
56 Meisha Meinor Democratic2021 Atlanta Fulton
57 Stacey Evans Democratic2021 Atlanta Fulton
58 Park Cannon Democratic2016 Atlanta Fulton
59 David Dreyer Democratic2017 Atlanta Fulton
60 Kim Schofield Democratic2017 Atlanta Clayton, Fulton
61 Roger Bruce Democratic2003 Atlanta Cobb, Douglas, Fulton
62 William Boddie Democratic2017 East Point Douglas, Fulton
63 Debra Bazemore Democratic2017 South Fulton Clayton, Fayette, Fulton
64 Derrick Jackson Democratic2017 Tyrone Fayette, Fulton
65 Mandisha Thomas Democratic2021 Atlanta Coweta, Douglas, Fulton
66 Kimberly Alexander Democratic2013 Hiram Douglas, Paulding
67 Micah Gravley Republican2013 Douglasville Douglas, Paulding
68 J Collins Republican2017 Villa Rica Carroll, Douglas
69 Randy Nix Republican2007 LaGrange Carroll, Heard, Troup
70 Lynn Smith Republican1997 Newnan Carroll, Coweta
71 Philip Singleton Republican2019 Sharpsburg Coweta, Fayette
72 Josh Bonner Republican2017 Fayetteville Coweta, Fayette
73 Karen Mathiak Republican2017 Griffin Fayette, Henry, Spalding
74 Yasmin Neal Democratic2021 Jonesboro Clayton
75 Mike Glanton Democratic2013 Jonesboro Clayton
76 Sandra Scott Democratic2011 Rex Clayton, Henry
77 Rhonda Burnough Democratic2017 Riverdale Clayton
78 Demetrius Douglas Democratic2013 Stockbridge Clayton, Henry
79 Mike Wilensky Democratic2019 Dunwoody DeKalb
80 Matthew Wilson Democratic2019 Brookhaven DeKalb, Fulton
81 Scott Holcomb Democratic2011 Atlanta DeKalb, Gwinnett
82 Mary Margaret Oliver Democratic2003 Decatur DeKalb
83 Becky Evans Democratic2019 Atlanta DeKalb
84 Renitta Shannon Democratic2017 Decatur DeKalb
85 Karla Drenner Democratic2001 Avondale Estates DeKalb
86 Zulma Lopez Democratic2021 Atlanta DeKalb
87 Viola Davis Democratic2019 Stone Mountain DeKalb
88 Billy Mitchell Democratic2003 Stone Mountain DeKalb
89 Bee Nguyen Democratic2017 Atlanta DeKalb
90Vacant DeKalb, Henry, Rockdale
91 Rhonda Taylor Democratic2021 Conyers DeKalb, Rockdale
92 Doreen Carter Democratic2015 Lithonia DeKalb, Rockdale
93 Dar'shun Kendrick Democratic2011 Lithonia DeKalb, Gwinnett
94 Karen Bennett Democratic2013 Stone Mountain DeKalb, Gwinnett
95 Beth Moore Democratic2019 Peachtree Corners Fulton, Gwinnett
96 Pedro Marin Democratic2003 Duluth Gwinnett
97 Bonnie Rich Republican2019 Suwanee Gwinnett
98 David Clark Republican2015 Buford Gwinnett
99 Marvin Lim Democratic2021 Norcross Gwinnett
100 Dewey McClain Democratic2013 Lawrenceville Gwinnett
101 Sam Park Democratic2017 Lawrenceville Gwinnett
102 Gregg Kennard Democratic2017 Lawrenceville Gwinnett
103 Timothy Barr Republican2013 Lawrenceville Gwinnett, Hall
104 Chuck Efstration Republican2013 Dacula Gwinnett
105 Donna McLeod Democratic2019 Lawrenceville Gwinnett
106 Rebecca Mitchell Democratic2021 Snellville Gwinnett
107 Shelly Hutchinson Democratic2019 Snellville Gwinnett
108 Jasmine Clark Democratic2019 Lilburn Gwinnett
109 Regina Lewis-Ward Democratic2021 McDonough Henry, Newton, Rockdale
110 Clint Crowe Republican2021 Jackson Butts, Henry, Newton
111 El-Mahdi Holly Democratic2019 Stockbridge Henry
112 Dave Belton Republican2015 Buckhead Morgan, Newton
113 Sharon Henderson Democratic2021 Atlanta Newton, Rockdale
114 Tom Kirby Republican2012 Loganville Barrow, Gwinnett, Rockdale, Walton
115 Bruce Williamson Republican2011 Monroe Walton
116 Terry England Republican2005 Auburn Barrow
117 Houston Gaines Republican2019 Athens Barrow, Clarke, Jackson, Oconee
118 Spencer Frye Democratic2013 Athens Clarke
119 Marcus A. Wiedower Republican2019 Watkinsville Clarke, Oconee
120 Trey Rhodes Republican2015 Greensboro Greene, Oglethorpe, Putnam, Taliaferro, Wilkes
121 Barry Fleming Republican2013 Harlem Columbia, McDuffie, Richmond
122 Jodi Lott Republican2015 Evans Columbia
123 Mark Newton Republican2017 Augusta Columbia, Richmond
124 Henry Howard Democratic2007 Augusta Richmond
125 Sheila Clark Nelson Democratic2017 Augusta Richmond
126 Gloria Frazier Democratic2007 Hephzibah Burke, Richmond
127 Brian Prince Democratic2013 Augusta Jefferson, Richmond
128 Mack Jackson Democratic2009 Sandersville Baldwin, Glascock, Hancock, Jefferson, Johnson, McDuffie, Warren, Washington
129 Susan Holmes Republican2011 Monticello Butts, Jasper, Jones, Monroe
130 David Knight Republican2005 Griffin Henry, Lamar, Spalding
131 Beth Camp Republican2021 Concord Lamar, Pike, Upson
132 David Jenkins Republican2021 Grantville Coweta, Meriwether, Troup
133 Vance Smith Republican1993 Pine Mountain Harris, Muscogee, Troup
134 Richard H. Smith Republican2005 Columbus Harris, Muscogee
135 Calvin Smyre Democratic1975 Columbus Muscogee
136 Carolyn Hugley Democratic1993 Columbus Muscogee
137 Debbie Buckner Democratic2003 Junction City Harris, Meriwether, Muscogee, Talbot
138 Mike Cheokas Republican2019 Americus Chattahoochee, Marion, Schley, Sumter
139 Patty Bentley Democratic2013 Butler Dooly, Macon, Peach, Taylor
140 Robert Dickey Republican2011 Musella Bibb, Crawford, Houston, Monroe, Peach
141 Dale Washburn Republican2019 Macon Bibb, Monroe
142 Miriam Paris Democratic2017 Macon Bibb
143 James Beverly Democratic2011 Macon Bibb
144 Danny Mathis Republican2011 Cochran Bibb, Bleckley, Houston, Jones, Laurens, Twiggs, Wilkinson
145 Rick Williams Republican2017 Milledgeville Baldwin, Putnam
146 Shaw Blackmon Republican2015 Bonaire Houston
147 Heath Clark Republican2015 Warner Robins Houston
148 Noel Williams, Jr. Republican2019 Cordele Crisp, Houston, Pulaski, Wilcox
149 Robert Pruitt Republican2021 Eastman Dodge, Jeff Davis, Laurens, Telfair, Wheeler
150 Matt Hatchett Republican2011 Dublin Johnson, Laurens, Treutlen
151 Gerald Greene Republican1983 Cuthbert Calhoun, Clay, Dougherty, Early, Quitman, Randolph, Stewart, Terrell, Webster
152 Bill Yearta Republican2019 Sylvester Lee, Sumter, Worth
153 CaMia Hopson Democratic2019 Albany Dougherty, Lee
154 Winfred Dukes Democratic1997 Albany Baker, Dougherty, Miller, Seminole
155 Clay Pirkle Republican2015 Ashburn Ben Hill, Coffee, Irwin, Tift, Turner
156 Greg Morris Republican1999 Vidalia Appling, Emanuel, Jeff Davis, Montgomery, Toombs
157 Bill Werkheiser Republican2015 Glennville Emanuel, Evans, Tattnall, Wayne
158 Butch Parrish Republican1985 Swainsboro Bulloch, Candler, Emanuel, Jenkins
159 Jon G. Burns Republican2005 Newington Bulloch, Effingham, Screven
160 Jan Tankersley Republican2011 Brooklet Bryan, Bulloch
161 Bill Hitchens Republican2013 Rincon Chatham, Effingham
162 Carl Wayne Gilliard Democratic2016 Garden City Chatham
163 Derek Mallow Democratic2021 Chatham
164 Ron Stephens Republican1997 Savannah Bryan, Chatham, Liberty
165 Mickey Stephens Democratic2009 Savannah Chatham
166 Jesse Petrea Republican2015 Savannah Bryan, Chatham
167 Buddy DeLoach Republican2021 Townsend Glynn, Long, McIntosh
168 Al Williams Democratic2003 Midway Liberty
169 Dominic LaRiccia Republican2015 Douglas Bacon, Coffee, Jeff Davis
170 Penny Houston Republican1997 Nashville Berrien, Cook, Tift
171 Joe Campbell Republican2020 Camilla Colquitt, Decatur, Mitchell
172 Sam Watson Republican2013 Moultrie Colquitt, Thomas, Tift
173 Darlene Taylor Republican2011 Thomasville Decatur, Grady, Thomas
174 John Corbett Republican2015 Lake Park Camden, Charlton, Clinch, Echols, Lowndes, Ware
175 John LaHood Republican2018 Valdosta Brooks, Lowndes, Thomas
176 James Burchett Republican2019 Waycross Atkinson, Lanier, Lowndes, Ware
177 Dexter Sharper Democratic2013 Valdosta Lowndes
178 Steven Meeks Republican2019 Screven Appling, Brantley, Pierce, Wayne
179 Don Hogan Republican2017 St. Simon's Island Glynn
180 Steven Sainz Republican2019 Woodbine Camden, Charlton, Ware

Committees List [8]

Past composition of the House of Representatives

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