Georgia House of Representatives
|Georgia General Assembly|
New session started
|January 14, 2019|
Length of term
|Authority||Article III, Georgia Constitution|
|Salary||$17,342/year + per diem|
| November 3, 2020 |
| November 8, 2022 |
|House of Representatives Chamber|
Georgia State Capitol
|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.
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.
On October 26, 1884, construction began on a new state capitol and was first occupied on June 15, 1889.
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.
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)).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.
(Shading indicates majority caucus)
|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%|
|Terms of the Georgia General Assembly|
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.
|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 Chairman||Billy 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|
|1||Mike Cameron||Republican||2021||Rossville||Dade, Walker|
|2||Steve Tarvin||Republican||2014||Chickamauga||Catoosa, Walker, Whitfield|
|5||Matt Barton||Republican||2019||Calhoun||Gordon, Murray|
|6||Jason Ridley||Republican||2017||Chatsworth||Murray, Whitfield|
|7||David Ralston||Republican||2003||Blue Ridge||Dawson, Fannin, Gilmer|
|8||Stan Gunter||Republican||2021||Blairsville||Rabun, Towns, Union, White|
|9||Will Wade||Republican||2013||Dawsonville||Dawson, Forsyth, Lumpkin|
|10||Victor Anderson||Republican||2021||Cornelia||Habersham, White|
|11||Rick Jasperse||Republican||2010||Jasper||Gordon, Murray, Pickens|
|12||Eddie Lumsden||Republican||2013||Armuchee||Chattooga, Floyd|
|13||Katie M. Dempsey||Republican||2007||Rome||Floyd|
|14||Mitchell Scoggins||Republican||2019||Cartersville||Bartow, Floyd|
|16||Trey Kelley||Republican||2013||Cedartown||Bartow, Haralson, Polk|
|18||Tyler Smith||Republican||2021||Bremen||Carroll, Haralson|
|21||Brad Thomas||Republican||2013||Holly Springs||Cherokee|
|22||Wes Cantrell||Republican||2015||Woodstock||Cherokee, Forsyth, Fulton|
|23||Mandi L. Ballinger||Republican||2013||Canton||Cherokee|
|25||Todd Jones||Republican||2017||South Forsyth||Forsyth, Fulton|
|27||Lee Hawkins||Republican||2013||Gainesville||Hall, White|
|28||Chris Erwin||Republican||2019||Homer||Banks, Habersham, Stephens|
|32||Alan Powell||Republican||1991||Hartwell||Franklin, Hart, Madison|
|33||Rob Leverett||Republican||1995||Elberton||Columbia, Elbert, Lincoln, Madison, Wilkes|
|37||Mary Frances Williams||Democratic||2019||Marietta||Cobb|
|38||David Wilkerson||Democratic||2011||Powder Springs||Cobb|
|39||Erica Thomas||Democratic||2015||Austell||Cobb, Douglas|
|40||Erick Allen||Democratic||2019||Smyrna||Cobb, Fulton|
|45||Matt Dollar||Republican||2003||Marietta||Cobb, Fulton|
|46||John Carson||Republican||2011||Marietta||Cherokee, Cobb|
|50||Angelika Kausche||Democratic||2019||Johns Creek||Fulton|
|51||Josh McLaurin||Democratic||2019||Sandy Springs||Fulton|
|53||Sheila Jones||Democratic||2005||Atlanta||Cobb, Fulton|
|60||Kim Schofield||Democratic||2017||Atlanta||Clayton, Fulton|
|61||Roger Bruce||Democratic||2003||Atlanta||Cobb, Douglas, Fulton|
|62||William Boddie||Democratic||2017||East Point||Douglas, Fulton|
|63||Debra Bazemore||Democratic||2017||South Fulton||Clayton, Fayette, Fulton|
|64||Derrick Jackson||Democratic||2017||Tyrone||Fayette, Fulton|
|65||Mandisha Thomas||Democratic||2021||Atlanta||Coweta, Douglas, Fulton|
|66||Kimberly Alexander||Democratic||2013||Hiram||Douglas, Paulding|
|67||Micah Gravley||Republican||2013||Douglasville||Douglas, Paulding|
|68||J Collins||Republican||2017||Villa Rica||Carroll, Douglas|
|69||Randy Nix||Republican||2007||LaGrange||Carroll, Heard, Troup|
|70||Lynn Smith||Republican||1997||Newnan||Carroll, Coweta|
|71||Philip Singleton||Republican||2019||Sharpsburg||Coweta, Fayette|
|72||Josh Bonner||Republican||2017||Fayetteville||Coweta, Fayette|
|73||Karen Mathiak||Republican||2017||Griffin||Fayette, Henry, Spalding|
|76||Sandra Scott||Democratic||2011||Rex||Clayton, Henry|
|78||Demetrius Douglas||Democratic||2013||Stockbridge||Clayton, Henry|
|80||Matthew Wilson||Democratic||2019||Brookhaven||DeKalb, Fulton|
|81||Scott Holcomb||Democratic||2011||Atlanta||DeKalb, Gwinnett|
|82||Mary Margaret Oliver||Democratic||2003||Decatur||DeKalb|
|85||Karla Drenner||Democratic||2001||Avondale Estates||DeKalb|
|87||Viola Davis||Democratic||2019||Stone Mountain||DeKalb|
|88||Billy Mitchell||Democratic||2003||Stone Mountain||DeKalb|
|90||Vacant||DeKalb, Henry, Rockdale|
|91||Rhonda Taylor||Democratic||2021||Conyers||DeKalb, Rockdale|
|92||Doreen Carter||Democratic||2015||Lithonia||DeKalb, Rockdale|
|93||Dar'shun Kendrick||Democratic||2011||Lithonia||DeKalb, Gwinnett|
|94||Karen Bennett||Democratic||2013||Stone Mountain||DeKalb, Gwinnett|
|95||Beth Moore||Democratic||2019||Peachtree Corners||Fulton, Gwinnett|
|103||Timothy Barr||Republican||2013||Lawrenceville||Gwinnett, Hall|
|109||Regina Lewis-Ward||Democratic||2021||McDonough||Henry, Newton, Rockdale|
|110||Clint Crowe||Republican||2021||Jackson||Butts, Henry, Newton|
|112||Dave Belton||Republican||2015||Buckhead||Morgan, Newton|
|113||Sharon Henderson||Democratic||2021||Atlanta||Newton, Rockdale|
|114||Tom Kirby||Republican||2012||Loganville||Barrow, Gwinnett, Rockdale, Walton|
|117||Houston Gaines||Republican||2019||Athens||Barrow, Clarke, Jackson, Oconee|
|119||Marcus A. Wiedower||Republican||2019||Watkinsville||Clarke, Oconee|
|120||Trey Rhodes||Republican||2015||Greensboro||Greene, Oglethorpe, Putnam, Taliaferro, Wilkes|
|121||Barry Fleming||Republican||2013||Harlem||Columbia, McDuffie, Richmond|
|123||Mark Newton||Republican||2017||Augusta||Columbia, Richmond|
|125||Sheila Clark Nelson||Democratic||2017||Augusta||Richmond|
|126||Gloria Frazier||Democratic||2007||Hephzibah||Burke, Richmond|
|127||Brian Prince||Democratic||2013||Augusta||Jefferson, Richmond|
|128||Mack Jackson||Democratic||2009||Sandersville||Baldwin, Glascock, Hancock, Jefferson, Johnson, McDuffie, Warren, Washington|
|129||Susan Holmes||Republican||2011||Monticello||Butts, Jasper, Jones, Monroe|
|130||David Knight||Republican||2005||Griffin||Henry, Lamar, Spalding|
|131||Beth Camp||Republican||2021||Concord||Lamar, Pike, Upson|
|132||David Jenkins||Republican||2021||Grantville||Coweta, Meriwether, Troup|
|133||Vance Smith||Republican||1993||Pine Mountain||Harris, Muscogee, Troup|
|134||Richard H. Smith||Republican||2005||Columbus||Harris, Muscogee|
|137||Debbie Buckner||Democratic||2003||Junction City||Harris, Meriwether, Muscogee, Talbot|
|138||Mike Cheokas||Republican||2019||Americus||Chattahoochee, Marion, Schley, Sumter|
|139||Patty Bentley||Democratic||2013||Butler||Dooly, Macon, Peach, Taylor|
|140||Robert Dickey||Republican||2011||Musella||Bibb, Crawford, Houston, Monroe, Peach|
|141||Dale Washburn||Republican||2019||Macon||Bibb, Monroe|
|144||Danny Mathis||Republican||2011||Cochran||Bibb, Bleckley, Houston, Jones, Laurens, Twiggs, Wilkinson|
|145||Rick Williams||Republican||2017||Milledgeville||Baldwin, Putnam|
|147||Heath Clark||Republican||2015||Warner Robins||Houston|
|148||Noel Williams, Jr.||Republican||2019||Cordele||Crisp, Houston, Pulaski, Wilcox|
|149||Robert Pruitt||Republican||2021||Eastman||Dodge, Jeff Davis, Laurens, Telfair, Wheeler|
|150||Matt Hatchett||Republican||2011||Dublin||Johnson, Laurens, Treutlen|
|151||Gerald Greene||Republican||1983||Cuthbert||Calhoun, Clay, Dougherty, Early, Quitman, Randolph, Stewart, Terrell, Webster|
|152||Bill Yearta||Republican||2019||Sylvester||Lee, Sumter, Worth|
|153||CaMia Hopson||Democratic||2019||Albany||Dougherty, Lee|
|154||Winfred Dukes||Democratic||1997||Albany||Baker, Dougherty, Miller, Seminole|
|155||Clay Pirkle||Republican||2015||Ashburn||Ben Hill, Coffee, Irwin, Tift, Turner|
|156||Greg Morris||Republican||1999||Vidalia||Appling, Emanuel, Jeff Davis, Montgomery, Toombs|
|157||Bill Werkheiser||Republican||2015||Glennville||Emanuel, Evans, Tattnall, Wayne|
|158||Butch Parrish||Republican||1985||Swainsboro||Bulloch, Candler, Emanuel, Jenkins|
|159||Jon G. Burns||Republican||2005||Newington||Bulloch, Effingham, Screven|
|160||Jan Tankersley||Republican||2011||Brooklet||Bryan, Bulloch|
|161||Bill Hitchens||Republican||2013||Rincon||Chatham, Effingham|
|162||Carl Wayne Gilliard||Democratic||2016||Garden City||Chatham|
|164||Ron Stephens||Republican||1997||Savannah||Bryan, Chatham, Liberty|
|166||Jesse Petrea||Republican||2015||Savannah||Bryan, Chatham|
|167||Buddy DeLoach||Republican||2021||Townsend||Glynn, Long, McIntosh|
|169||Dominic LaRiccia||Republican||2015||Douglas||Bacon, Coffee, Jeff Davis|
|170||Penny Houston||Republican||1997||Nashville||Berrien, Cook, Tift|
|171||Joe Campbell||Republican||2020||Camilla||Colquitt, Decatur, Mitchell|
|172||Sam Watson||Republican||2013||Moultrie||Colquitt, Thomas, Tift|
|173||Darlene Taylor||Republican||2011||Thomasville||Decatur, Grady, Thomas|
|174||John Corbett||Republican||2015||Lake Park||Camden, Charlton, Clinch, Echols, Lowndes, Ware|
|175||John LaHood||Republican||2018||Valdosta||Brooks, Lowndes, Thomas|
|176||James Burchett||Republican||2019||Waycross||Atkinson, Lanier, Lowndes, Ware|
|178||Steven Meeks||Republican||2019||Screven||Appling, Brantley, Pierce, Wayne|
|179||Don Hogan||Republican||2017||St. Simon's Island||Glynn|
|180||Steven Sainz||Republican||2019||Woodbine||Camden, Charlton, Ware|
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