Georgia House of Representatives

Coordinates: 33°44′57″N 84°23′18″W / 33.749070°N 84.388362°W / 33.749070; -84.388362

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.

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
Majority Whip
Minority Leader
Bob Trammell (D)
since July 24, 2017
Minority Whip
Ga house 2020.svg
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 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 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 privilegesEdit

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]

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.[7]

Office Representative Party
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 Bob 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

List of current representativesEdit

District Senator Party Since Residence Counties represented
1 Colton Moore Republican 2019 Trenton Dade, Walker
2 Steve Tarvin Republican 2014 Chickamauga Catoosa, Walker, Whitfield
3 Dewayne Hill Republican 2017 Ringgold Catoosa
4 Kasey Carpenter Republican 2017 Dalton 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 Matt Gurtler Republican 2017 Tiger Rabun, Towns, Union, White
9 Kevin Tanner Republican 2013 Dawsonville Dawson, Forsyth, Lumpkin
10 Terry Rogers Republican 2011 Clarkesville 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
15 Matthew Gambill Republican 2019 Cartersville Bartow
16 Trey Kelley Republican 2013 Cedartown Bartow, Haralson, Polk
17 Martin Momtahan Republican 2019 Dallas Paulding
18 Kevin Cooke Republican 2011 Carrollton Carroll, Haralson
19 Joseph Gullett Republican 2019 Dallas Paulding
20 Michael Caldwell Republican 2013 Woodstock Cherokee
21 Scot Turner Republican 2013 Holly Springs Cherokee
22 Wes Cantrell Republican 2015 Woodstock Cherokee, Forsyth, Fulton
23 Mandi L. Ballinger Republican 2013 Canton Cherokee
24 Sheri Gilligan Republican 2015 Cumming Forsyth
25 Todd Jones Republican 2017 South Forsyth Forsyth, Fulton
26 Marc Morris Republican 2017 Cumming Forsyth
27 Lee Hawkins Republican 2013 Gainesville Hall, White
28 Chris Erwin Republican 2019 Homer Banks, Habersham, Stephens
29 Matt Dubnik Republican 2017 Gainesville Hall
30 Emory Dunahoo Republican 2011 Gillsville Hall
31 Tommy Benton Republican 2005 Jefferson Jackson
32 Alan Powell Republican 1991 Hartwell Franklin, Hart, Madison
33 Tom McCall Republican 1995 Elberton Columbia, Elbert, Lincoln, Madison, Wilkes
34 Bert Reeves Republican 2015 Marietta Cobb
35 Ed Setzler Republican 2005 Acworth Cobb
36 Ginny Ehrhart Republican 2019 Marietta Cobb
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
41 Michael Smith Democratic 2013 Marietta Cobb
42 Teri Anulewicz Democratic 2017 Smyrna Cobb
43 Sharon Cooper Republican 1997 Marietta Cobb
44 Don Parsons Republican 1995 Marietta Cobb
45 Matt Dollar Republican 2003 Marietta Cobb, Fulton
46 John Carson Republican 2011 Marietta Cherokee, Cobb
47 Jan Jones Republican 2003 Milton Fulton
48 Mary Robichaux Democratic 2019 Roswell Fulton
49 Chuck Martin Republican 2003 Alpharetta Fulton
50 Angelika Kausche Democratic 2019 Johns Creek Fulton
51 Josh McLaurin Democratic 2019 Sandy Springs Fulton
52 Deborah Silcox Republican 2017 Sandy Springs Fulton
53 Sheila Jones Democratic 2005 Atlanta Cobb, Fulton
54 Betsy Holland Democratic 2019 Atlanta Fulton
55 Marie Metze Democratic 2015 Atlanta Fulton
56 Mable Thomas Democratic 2013 Atlanta Fulton
57 Pat Gardner Democratic 2001 Atlanta Fulton
58 Park Cannon Democratic 2016 Atlanta Fulton
59 David Dreyer Democratic 2017 Atlanta 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 Sharon Beasley-Teague Democratic 1993 Red Oak 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
74 Valencia Stovall Democratic 2013 Forest Park Clayton
75 Mike Glanton Democratic 2013 Jonesboro Clayton
76 Sandra Scott Democratic 2011 Rex Clayton, Henry
77 Rhonda Burnough Democratic 2017 Riverdale Clayton
78 Demetrius Douglas Democratic 2013 Stockbridge Clayton, Henry
79 Mike Wilensky Democratic 2019 Dunwoody DeKalb
80 Matthew Wilson Democratic 2019 Brookhaven DeKalb, Fulton
81 Scott Holcomb Democratic 2011 Atlanta DeKalb, Gwinnett
82 Mary Margaret Oliver Democratic 2003 Decatur DeKalb
83 Becky Evans Democratic 2019 Atlanta DeKalb
84 Renitta Shannon Democratic 2017 Decatur DeKalb
85 Karla Drenner Democratic 2001 Avondale Estates DeKalb
86 Michele Henson Democratic 1991 Stone Mountain DeKalb
87 Viola Davis Democratic 2019 Stone Mountain DeKalb
88 Billy Mitchell Democratic 2003 Stone Mountain DeKalb
89 Bee Nguyen Democratic 2017 Atlanta DeKalb
90 Vacant DeKalb, Henry, Rockdale
91 Vernon Jones Democratic 2017 Lithonia 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
96 Pedro Marin Democratic 2003 Duluth Gwinnett
97 Bonnie Rich Republican 2019 Suwanee Gwinnett
98 David Clark Republican 2015 Buford Gwinnett
99 Brenda Lopez Romero Democratic 2017 Norcross Gwinnett
100 Dewey McClain Democratic 2013 Lawrenceville Gwinnett
101 Sam Park Democratic 2017 Lawrenceville Gwinnett
102 Gregg Kennard Democratic 2017 Lawrenceville Gwinnett
103 Timothy Barr Republican 2013 Lawrenceville Gwinnett, Hall
104 Chuck Efstration Republican 2013 Dacula Gwinnett
105 Donna McLeod Democratic 2019 Lawrenceville Gwinnett
106 Brett Harrell Republican 2011 Snellville Gwinnett
107 Shelly Hutchinson Democratic 2019 Snellville Gwinnett
108 Jasmine Clark Democratic 2019 Lilburn Gwinnett
109 Dale Rutledge Republican 2013 McDonough Henry, Newton, Rockdale
110 Andrew Welch Republican 2011 McDonough Butts, Henry, Newton
111 El-Mahdi Holly Democratic 2019 Stockbridge Henry
112 Dave Belton Republican 2015 Buckhead Morgan, Newton
113 Pam Dickerson Democratic 2011 Conyers Newton, Rockdale
114 Tom Kirby Republican 2012 Loganville Barrow, Gwinnett, Rockdale, Walton
115 Bruce Williamson Republican 2011 Monroe Walton
116 Terry England Republican 2005 Auburn Barrow
117 Houston Gaines Republican 2019 Athens Barrow, Clarke, Jackson, Oconee
118 Spencer Frye Democratic 2013 Athens Clarke
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
122 Jodi Lott Republican 2015 Evans Columbia
123 Mark Newton Republican 2017 Augusta Columbia, Richmond
124 Henry Howard Democratic 2007 Augusta 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 Ken Pullin Republican 2019 Zebulon Lamar, Pike, Upson
132 Bob Trammell Democratic 2015 Luthersville Coweta, Meriwether, Troup
133 Vance Smith Republican 1993 Pine Mountain Harris, Muscogee, Troup
134 Richard H. Smith Republican 2005 Columbus Harris, Muscogee
135 Calvin Smyre Democratic 1975 Columbus Muscogee
136 Carolyn Hugley Democratic 1993 Columbus 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
142 Miriam Paris Democratic 2017 Macon Bibb
143 James Beverly Democratic 2011 Macon Bibb
144 Danny Mathis Republican 2011 Cochran Bibb, Bleckley, Houston, Jones, Laurens, Twiggs, Wilkinson
145 Rick Williams Republican 2017 Milledgeville Baldwin, Putnam
146 Shaw Blackmon Republican 2015 Bonaire Houston
147 Heath Clark Republican 2015 Warner Robins Houston
148 Noel Williams, Jr. Republican 2019 Cordele Crisp, Houston, Pulaski, Wilcox
149 Jimmy Pruett Republican 2007 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
163 J. Craig Gordon Democratic 2007 Savannah Chatham
164 Ron Stephens Republican 1997 Savannah Bryan, Chatham, Liberty
165 Mickey Stephens Democratic 2009 Savannah Chatham
166 Jesse Petrea Republican 2015 Savannah Bryan, Chatham
167 Jeff Jones Republican 2015 Brunswick Glynn, Long, McIntosh
168 Al Williams Democratic 2003 Midway Liberty
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
177 Dexter Sharper Democratic 2013 Valdosta Lowndes
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

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).[8][9][10]
  • 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. ^ Ballotpedia Retrieved September 1, 2020. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. ^ a b c The Capitalization of Georgia, Georgia State Government Archived March 6, 2013, at the Wayback Machine. (accessed June 2, 2013)
  3. ^ Article III Section VI Archived December 9, 2007, at the Wayback Machine, Georgia Constitution (accessed June 2, 2013)
  4. ^ brenda erickson (October 11, 2007). "Population and Size of Legislature". Retrieved April 5, 2011.
  5. ^ "Georgia House of Representatives". Georgia House of Representatives. Retrieved June 6, 2011.
  6. ^ "House Leadership". Retrieved February 20, 2019.
  7. ^ [1]
  8. ^ "Action & Advocacy:JLA Day At The Capitol". The Junior League of Atlanta. February 26, 2019. Retrieved June 17, 2019.
  9. ^ "Senate MARTOC". Georgia State Senate. Retrieved June 17, 2019.
  10. ^ "House MARTOC". Georgia House of Representatives. Retrieved June 17, 2019.

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