Georgia State Senate

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The Georgia State Senate is the upper house of the Georgia General Assembly (the state legislature of Georgia, USA).

Georgia State Senate
Georgia General Assembly
Coat of arms or logo
Term limits
New session started
January 14, 2019
Geoff Duncan (R)
since January 14, 2019
Butch Miller (R)
since December 14, 2017
Majority Leader
Mike Dugan (R)
since November 13, 2018
Minority Leader
Steve Henson (D)
since June 20, 2011
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Political groups



  •      Vacant (1)
Length of term
2 years
AuthorityArticle III, Georgia Constitution
Salary$17,342/year + per diem
Last election
November 6, 2018
(56 seats)
Next election
November 3, 2020
(56 seats)
RedistrictingLegislative control
Meeting place
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State Senate Chamber
Georgia Capitol
Atlanta, Georgia


According to the state constitution of 1983, this body is to be composed of no more than 56 members elected for two-year terms. Current state law provides for 56 members. Elections are held the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November in even-numbered years.

Senators must be at least 25 years old, a citizen of the United States, and a resident of Georgia for two years and their senatorial district for one year (preceding the election). The highest position in the Senate is the President of the Senate, a position currently held by Lieutenant Governor Geoff Duncan. The second highest position is that of President Pro Tempore, currently held by Senator Butch Miller.

34 21
Republican Democratic
Affiliation Party
(Shading indicates majority caucus)
Republican Democratic Vacant
Begin 155th Assembly (2019) 35 21 56 0
December 22, 2019[1] 34 21 55 1
Latest voting share 61.8% 38.2%


The presiding officer of the Senate is the President of the Senate. A President pro tempore, usually a high-ranking member of the majority party, acts as President in case of the temporary disability of the President. In case of the death, resignation, or permanent disability of the President or in the event of the succession of the President to the executive power, the President pro tempore becomes President. The Senate also has as an officer the Secretary of the Senate.

Office Officeholder Party
Lt. Governor and Senate President Geoff Duncan Republican
President pro tempore Butch Miller Republican
Majority Leader Mike Dugan Republican
Majority Whip Steve Gooch Republican
Majority Caucus Chairman John Kennedy Republican
Majority Caucus Vice-Chairman Larry Walker Republican
Majority Caucus Secretary John Wilkinson Republican
Minority Leader Steve Henson Democratic
Minority Whip Harold Jones II Democratic
Minority Caucus Chairwoman Gloria Butler Democratic
Minority Caucus Vice-Chairman Emanuel Jones Democratic
Minority Caucus Secretary Nan Orrock Democratic

Members of the SenateEdit

District Senator Party First elected Residence
1 Ben Watson Republican 2014 Savannah
2 Lester G. Jackson Democratic 2008 Savannah
3 William T. Ligon Jr. Republican 2010 Brunswick
4 Vacant
5 Sheikh Rahman Democratic 2018 Tucker
6 Jen Jordan Democratic 2017 Atlanta
7 Tyler Harper Republican 2012 Ocilla
8 C. Ellis Black Republican 2014 Valdosta
9 P. K. Martin IV Republican 2014 Lawrenceville
10 Emanuel Jones Democratic 2004 Decatur
11 Dean Burke Republican 2013 Bainbridge
12 Freddie Powell Sims Democratic 2008 Dawson
13 Carden Summers Republican 2020 Cordele
14 Bruce Thompson Republican 2013 White
15 Ed Harbison Democratic 1992 Columbus
16 Marty Harbin Republican 2014 Tyrone
17 Brian Strickland Republican 2018 McDonough
18 John F. Kennedy Republican 2014 Macon
19 Blake Tillery Republican 2016 Vidalia
20 Larry Walker III Republican 2016 Perry
21 Brandon Beach Republican 2012 Alpharetta
22 Harold V. Jones II Democratic 2014 Augusta
23 Jesse Stone Republican 2010 Waynesboro
24 Lee Anderson Republican 2016 Grovetown
25 Burt Jones Republican 2012 Jackson
26 David Lucas Democratic 2012 Macon
27 Greg Dolezal Republican 2018 Cumming
28 Matt Brass Republican 2016 Newnan
29 Randy Robertson Republican 2018 Columbus
30 Mike Dugan Republican 2013 Carrollton
31 Bill Heath Republican 2004 Bremen
32 Kay Kirkpatrick Republican 2017 Marietta
33 Michael "Doc" Rhett Democratic 2014 Marietta
34 Valencia Seay Democratic 2003 Riverdale
35 Donzella James Democratic 2009 Atlanta
36 Nan Grogan Orrock Democratic 2006 Atlanta
37 Lindsey Tippins Republican 2010 Marietta
38 Horacena Tate Democratic 1998 Atlanta
39 Nikema Williams Democratic 2017 Atlanta
40 Sally Harrell Democratic 2018 Atlanta
41 Steve Henson Democratic 2002 Tucker
42 Elena Parent Democratic 2014 Atlanta
43 Tonya Anderson Democratic 2016 Lithonia
44 Gail Davenport Democratic 2010 Jonesboro
45 Renee Unterman Republican 2002 Buford
46 Bill Cowsert Republican 2006 Athens
47 Frank Ginn Republican 2010 Danielsville
48 Zahra Karinshak Democratic 2018 Duluth
49 Butch Miller Republican 2010 Gainesville
50 John Wilkinson Republican 2011 Toccoa
51 Steve Gooch Republican 2010 Dahlonega
52 Chuck Hufstetler Republican 2012 Rome
53 Jeff Mullis Republican 2000 Chickamauga
54 Chuck Payne Republican 2016 Dalton
55 Gloria S. Butler Democratic 1999 Stone Mountain
56 John Albers Republican 2010 Roswell

Past composition of the SenateEdit

List of CommitteesEdit

See alsoEdit


External linksEdit