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Georgia House of Representatives

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Georgia House of Representatives
Georgia General Assembly
Coat of arms or logo
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
Minority Leader
Robert Trammell (D)
since July 24, 2017
Georgia House of Representatives partisan diagram.svg
Political groups


Length of term
2 years
AuthorityArticle III, Georgia Constitution
Salary$17,342/year + per diem[citation needed]
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
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.


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 privilegesEdit

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.


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)).[3]

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

Affiliation Party
(Shading indicates majority caucus)
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%


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 RepresentativesEdit

District Representative Party Residence Counties Represented
1 Moore Republican Trenton Dade, Walker
2 Tarvin Republican Chickamauga Catoosa, Walker, Whitfield
3 Hill Republican Ringgold Catoosa
4 Carpenter Republican Dalton Whitfield
5 Barton Republican Calhoun
6 Ridley Republican Cohutta Whitfield, Murray
7 Ralston, Speaker Republican Blue Ridge Dawson, Fannin, Gilmer
8 Gurtler Republican Blairsville Rabun, Towns, Union, White
9 Tanner Republican Dawsonville Dawson, Forsyth, Lumpkin
10 Rogers Republican Clarkesville Habersham, White
11 Jasperse Republican Jasper Gordon, Murray, Pickens
12 Lumsden Republican Armuchee Chattooga, Floyd
13 Dempsey Republican Rome Floyd
14 Scoggins Republican Cartersville Bartow, Floyd
15 Gambill Republican Cartersville Bartow
16 Kelley Republican Cedartown Bartow, Haralson, Polk
17 Momtahan Republican Dallas Paulding
18 Cooke Republican Carrollton Carroll, Haralson
19 Gullett Republican Dallas Paulding
20 Caldwell Republican Woodstock Cherokee
21 Turner Republican Holly Springs Cherokee
22 Cantrell Republican Canton Cherokee, Forsyth, Fulton
23 Ballinger Republican Canton Cherokee
24 Gilligan Republican Cumming Forsyth
25 Jones Republican Suwanee Forsyth, Fulton
26 Morris Republican Cumming Forsyth
27 Hawkins Republican Gainesville Hall, White
28 Erwin Republican Homer Banks, Stephens
29 Dubnik Republican Gainesville Hall
30 Dunahoo Republican Gainesville Hall
31 Benton Republican Jefferson Jackson
32 Powell Republican Hartwell Franklin, Hart, Madison
33 McCall Republican Elberton
34 Reeves Republican Kennesaw Cobb
35 Setzler Republican Acworth Cobb
36 Ehrhart Republican Powder Springs Cobb
37 Williams Democratic Marietta Cobb
38 Wilkerson Democratic Austell Cobb
39 Thomas Democratic Austell Cobb
40 Allen Democratic Smyrna Cobb, Fulton
41 Smith Democratic Marietta Cobb
42 Anulewicz Democratic Smyrna Cobb
43 Cooper Republican Marietta Cobb
44 Parsons Republican Marietta Cobb
45 Dollar Republican Marietta Cobb, Fulton
46 Carson Republican Marietta Cherokee, Cobb
47 Jones Republican Milton Fulton
48 Robichaux Democratic Roswell Fulton
49 Martin Republican Alpharetta Fulton
50 Kausche Democratic Johns Creek Fulton
51 McLaurin Democratic Sandy Springs Fulton
52 Silcox Republican Atlanta Fulton
53 Jones Democratic Smyrna Cobb, Fulton
54 Holland Democratic Atlanta Fulton
55 Metze Democratic Atlanta Fulton
56 Thomas Democratic Atlanta Fulton
57 Gardner Democratic Atlanta Fulton
58 Cannon Democratic Atlanta Fulton
59 Dreyer Democratic Atlanta Fulton
60 Schofield Democratic Atlanta Clayton, Fulton
61 Bruce Democratic Atlanta Cobb, Douglas, Fulton
62 Boddie Democratic Atlanta Douglas, Fulton
63 Mazemore Democratic Fayetteville Clayton, Fayette, Fulton
64 Jackson Democratic Tyrone Fayette, Fulton
65 Beasley-Teague Democratic Red Oak Douglas, Fulton
66 Alexander Democratic Hiram Douglas, Paulding
67 Gravley Republican Douglasville Douglas, Paulding
68 Collins Republican Villa Rica Carroll, Douglas
69 Nix Republican LaGrange Carroll, Heard, Troup
70 Smith Republican Newnan Carroll, Coweta
71 Stover Republican Newnan Coweta, Fayette
72 Bonner Republican Peachtree City Coweta, Fayette
73 Mathiak Republican Griffin Fayette, Henry, Spalding
74 Stovall Democratic Ellenwood Clayton
75 Glanton Democratic Jonesboro Clayton
76 Scott Democratic Rex Clayton, Henry
77 Burnough Democratic Riverdale Clayton
78 Douglas Democratic Stockbridge Clayton, Henry
79 Wilensky Democratic Dunwoody DeKalb
80 Wilson Democratic Brookhaven DeKalb, Fulton
81 Holcomb Democratic Atlanta DeKalb, Gwinnett
82 Oliver Democratic Decatur DeKalb
83 Evans Democratic Atlanta DeKalb
84 Shannon Democratic Atlanta DeKalb
85 Drenner Democratic Avondale Estates DeKalb
86 Henson Democratic Stone Mountain DeKalb
87 Davis Democratic Stone Mountain DeKalb
88 Mitchell Democratic Stone Mountain DeKalb
89 Nguyen Democratic Atlanta DeKalb
90 Stephenson Democratic Decatur DeKalb, Henry, Rockdale
91 Jones Democratic Lithonia DeKalb, Rockdale
92 Carter Democratic Lithonia DeKalb, Rockdale
93 Kendrick Democratic Lithonia DeKalb, Gwinnett
94 Bennett Democratic Stone Mountain DeKalb, Gwinnett
95 Moore Democratic Peachtree Corners Fulton, Gwinnett
96 Marin Democratic Duluth Gwinnett
97 Rich Republican Duluth Gwinnett
98 Clark Republican Buford Gwinnett
99 Lopez Democratic Norcross Gwinnett
100 McClain Democratic Lilburn Gwinnett
101 Park Democratic Lawrenceville Gwinnett
102 Kennard Democratic Lawrenceville Gwinnett
103 Barr Republican Lawrenceville Gwinnett, Hall
104 Efstration Republican Dacula Gwinnett
105 McLeod Democratic Lawrenceville Gwinnett
106 Harrell Republican Snellville Gwinnett
107 Hutchinson Democratic Snellville Gwinnett
108 Clark Democratic Tucker Gwinnett
109 Rutledge Republican McDonough Henry, Newton, Rockdale
110 Welch Republican McDonough Butts, Henry, Newton
111 Holly Democratic Stockbridge Henry
112 Belton Republican Social Circle Newton, Rockdale
113 Dickerson Democratic Conyers Barrow, Gwinnett, Rockdale, Walton
114 Kirby Republican Loganville Barrow, Gwinnett, Rockdale, Walton
115 Williamson Republican Monroe Morgan, Newton
116 England Republican Auburn Barrow
117 Gaines Republican Athens Barrow, Clarke, Jackson, Oconee
118 Frye Democratic Athens Clarke
119 Wiedower Republican Watkinsville Clark, Oconee
120 Rhodes Republican Greensboro Greene, Oglethorpe, Putnam, Taliaferro, Wilkes
121 Fleming Republican Harlem Columbia, McDuffie
122 Lott Republican Evans Columbia
123 Newton Republican Augusta Columbia, Richmond
124 Howard Democratic Augusta Richmond
125 Nelson Democratic Augusta Richmond
126 Frazier Democratic Hephzibah Burke, Richmond
127 Prince Democratic Augusta Jefferson, Richmond
128 Jackson Democratic Sandersville Glascock, Hancock, Jefferson, Johnson, McDuffie, Warren, Washington
129 Holmes Republican Monticello Butts, Jasper, Jones, Monroe
130 Knight Republican Griffin Henry, Lamar, Spalding
131 Pullin Republican Zebulon Lamar, Pike, Upson
132 Trammell Democratic LaGrange Coweta, Meriwether, Troup
133 Smith Republican Pine Mountain Harris, Muscogee, Troup
134 Smith Republican Columbus Harris, Muscogee
135 Smyre Democratic Columbus Muscogee
136 Hugley Democratic Columbus Muscogee
137 Buckner Democratic Junction City Harris, Meriwether, Muscogee, Talbot
138 Cheokas Republican Americus Sumter, Schley, Marion, Chattahoochee
139 Bentley Democratic Reynolds Dooly, Macon, Peach, Taylor
140 Dickey Republican Musella Bibb, Crawford, Houston, Monroe, Peach
141 Washburn Republican Macon Bibb, Monroe
142 Paris Democratic Macon Bibb
143 Beverly Democratic Macon Bibb
144 Mathis Republican Cochran Bibb, Bleckley, Houston, Jones, Laurens, Twiggs, Wilkinson
145 Williams Republican Milledgeville Baldwin, Putnam
146 Blackmon Republican Bonaire Houston
147 Clark Republican Warner Robins Houston
148 Williams, Jr. Republican Cordele Crisp, Houston, Pulaski, Wilcox
149 Pruett Republican Eastman Dodge, Jeff Davis, Laurens, Wheeler
150 Hatchett Republican Dublin Johnson, Laurens, Treutlen
151 Greene Republican Cuthbert Calhoun, Clay, Dougherty, Early, Quitman, Randolph, Stewart, Terrell, Webster
152 Rynders Republican Albany Lee, Sumter, Worth
153 Hopson Democratic Albany Dougherty
154 Dukes Democratic Albany Baker, Dougherty, Miller, Seminole
155 Pirkle Republican Ocilla Ben Hill, Coffee, Irwin, Tift, Turner
156 Morris Republican Vidalia Appling, Jeff Davis, Montgomery, Toombs
157 Werkheiser Republican Glennville Evans, Tattnall, Wayne
158 Parrish Republican Swainsboro Bulloch, Candler, Emanuel, Jenkins
159 Burns Republican Newington Bulloch, Effingham, Screven
160 Tankersley Republican Brooklet Bryan, Bulloch
161 Hitchens Republican Rincon Chatham, Effingham
162 Gillard Democratic Garden City Chatham
163 Gordon Democratic Savannah Chatham
164 Stephens Republican Savannah Bryan, Chatham, Liberty
165 Stephens Democratic Savannah Chatham
166 Petrea Republican Savannah Bryan, Chatham
167 Jones Republican Brunswick Glynn, Long, McIntosh
168 Williams Democratic Midway Liberty
169 LaRiccia Republican Ambrose Bacon, Jeff Davis
170 Houston Republican Nashville Tift, Cook
171 Powell Republican Camilla Colquitt, Decatur, Mitchell
172 Watson Republican Moultrie Colquitt, Thomas, Tift
173 Taylor Republican Thomasville Decatur, Grady, Thomas
174 Corbett Republican Valdosta Camden, Charlton, Clinch, Echols, Lowndes, Ware
175 LaHood Republican Valdosta Brooks, Lowndes, Thomas
176 Shaw Republican Lakeland
177 Sharper Democratic Valdosta Lowndes
178 Meeks Republican Screven Appling, Brantley, Pierce, Wayne
179 Hogan Republican Brunswick Glynn
180 Sainz Republican Woodbine Camden, Charlton, Ware

List of committeesEdit

  • Agriculture and Consumer Affairs
  • Judiciary
  • Appropriations
  • Judiciary – Non-Civil
  • Banks and Banking
  • Legislative and Congressional Reapportionment
  • MARTOC- Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Overview Committee. Senate/House joint committee. Provides oversight of the Metro Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA).[7][8][9]
  • 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 RepresentativesEdit

See alsoEdit


  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". Retrieved April 5, 2011.
  4. ^ "Georgia House of Representatives". Georgia House of Representatives. Retrieved June 6, 2011.
  5. ^ "House Leadership". Retrieved February 20, 2019.
  6. ^ [1]
  7. ^ "Action & Advocacy:JLA Day At The Capitol". The Junior League of Atlanta. February 26, 2019. Retrieved June 17, 2019.
  8. ^ "Senate MARTOC". Georgia State Senate. Retrieved June 17, 2019.
  9. ^ "House MARTOC". Georgia House of Representatives. Retrieved June 17, 2019.

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