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Seal of the Georgia Senate

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

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Composition

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 Casey Cagle. The second highest position is that of President Pro Tempore, currently held by Senator Tommie Williams.

Affiliation Party
(Shading indicates majority caucus)
Total
Republican Democratic Vacant
End of previous legislature 34 22 56 0
Begin 34 22 56 0
August 2009[1] 21 55 1
September 15, 2009[2] 33 54 2
November 3, 2009[3] 34 55 1
November 9, 2009[4] 20 54 2
December 1, 2009[5] 21 55 1
Latest voting share 60.7% 39.3%
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Officers

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.

Members of the Senate

District Senator Party First elected Residence
1 Earl “Buddy” Carter Republican 2009 Pooler
2 Lester Jackson Democratic 2008 Savannah
3 Jeff Chapman Republican 2004 Brunswick
4 Jack Hill Republican 1990 Reidsville
5 Curt Thompson Democratic 2004 Norcross
6 Doug Stoner Democratic 2004 Smyrna
7 Greg Goggans Republican 2004 Douglas
8 Tim Golden Democratic 1998 Valdosta
9 Don Balfour Republican 1992 Snellville
10 Emanuel Jones Democratic 2004 Ellenwood
11 John Bulloch Republican 2002 Ockhocknee
12 Freddie Powell Sims Democratic 2008 Dawson
13 John Crosby Republican 2008 Tifton
14 George Hooks Democratic 1990 Americus
15 Ed Harbison Democratic 1992 Columbus
16 Ronnie Chance Republican 2004 Tyrone
17 John Douglas Republican 2004 Social Circle
18 Cecil Staton Republican 2004 Macon
19 Tommie Williams Republican 1998 Lyons
20 Ross Tolleson Republican 2002 Perry
21 Chip Rogers Republican 2004 Woodstock
22 VACANT
23 J.B. Powell Democratic 2004 Blythe
24 Bill Jackson Republican 2007 Appling
25 Johnny Grant Republican 2004 Milledgeville
26 Robert Brown Democratic 1991 Macon
27 Jack Murphy Republican 2006 Cumming
28 Mitch Seabaugh Republican 2000 Sharpsburg
29 Seth Harp Republican 2000 Midland
30 Bill Hamrick Republican 1999 Carrollton
31 Bill Heath Republican 2004 Bremen
32 Judson Hill Republican 2004 East Cobb
33 Steve Thompson Democratic 1990 Marietta
34 Valencia Seay Democratic 2003 Riverdale
35 Donzella James Democratic 2009 College Park
36 Nan Orrock Democratic 2006 Atlanta
37 John Wiles Republican 2004 Kennesaw
38 Horacena Tate Democratic 1998 Atlanta
39 Vincent Fort Democratic 1996 Atlanta
40 Dan Weber Republican 2004 Dunwoody
41 Steve Henson Democratic 2002 Tucker
42 David Adelman Democratic 2002 Atlanta
43 Ronald Ramsey, Jr. Democratic 2006 LIthonia
44 Gail Buckner Democratic 2008 Jonesboro
45 Renee Unterman Republican 2002 Buford
46 Bill Cowsert Republican 2006 Athens
47 Ralph Hudgens Republican 2002 Hull
48 David Shafer Republican 2001 Duluth
49 Lee Hawkins Republican 2006 Gainesville
50 Jim Butterworth Republican 2008 Cornelia
51 Chip Pearson Republican 2004 Dawsonville
52 Preston Smith Republican 2002 Rome
53 Jeff Mullis Republican 2000 Chickamauga
54 Don Thomas Republican 1996 Dalton
55 Gloria Butler Democratic 1999 Stone Mountain
56 Dan Moody Republican 2002 Alpharetta

List of Committees

  • Agriculture and Consumer Affairs
  • Appropriations
  • Banking and Financial Institutions
  • Economic Development
  • Education and Youth
  • Ethics
  • Finance
  • Health and Human Services
  • Higher Education
  • Insurance and Labor
  • Interstate Cooperation
  • Judiciary
  • Natural Resources and the Environment
  • Public Safety and Homeland Security
  • Reapportionment and Redistricting
  • Regulated Industries and Utilities
  • Retirement
  • Rules
  • Science and Technology
  • Special Judiciary
  • State and Local Governmental Operations
  • State Institutions and Property
  • Transportation
  • Veterans and Military Affairs

See also

References

  1. ^ Democrat Kasim Reed (District 35) resigns.
  2. ^ Republican Eric Johnson (District 1) resigns.
  3. ^ Republican Buddy Carter wins special election to succeed Johnson.
  4. ^ Democrat Ed Tarver (District 22) resigns.
  5. ^ Democrat Donzella James wins special election to succeed Reed.

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