Georgia State Senate

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Georgia State Senate
Georgia General Assembly
Coat of arms or logo
Type
Type Upper House
Term limits None
History
New session started January 10, 2011
Leadership
President Casey Cagle, (R)
Since January 8, 2007
President pro tempore David Shafer, (R)
Since January 14, 2013
Majority Leader Ronnie Chance, (R)
Since January 14, 2013
Minority Leader Steve Henson, (D)
Since June 20, 2011
Structure
Seats 56
Political groups Republican Party (37)
Democratic Party (19)
Length of term 2 years
Authority Article III, Georgia Constitution
Salary $17,342/year + per diem
Elections
Last election November 6, 2012
(56 seats)
Next election November 4, 2014
(56 seats)
Redistricting Legislative Control
Meeting place
State Senate Chamber
Georgia Capitol
Atlanta, Georgia
Website
Georgia State Senate

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

Composition[edit]

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 David Shafer.

Affiliation Party
(Shading indicates majority caucus)
Total
Republican Democratic Vacant
End of previous legislature 38 18 56 0
Begin 38 18 56 0
Latest voting share 67.9% 32.1%

Officers[edit]

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[edit]

District Senator Party First elected Residence
1 Earl “Buddy” Carter Republican 2009 Pooler
2 Lester G. Jackson Democratic 2008 Savannah
3 William T. Ligon, Jr. Republican 2010 Brunswick
4 Jack Hill Republican 1990 Reidsville
5 Curt Thompson Democratic 2004 Tucker
6 Hunter Hill Republican 2012 Atlanta
7 Tyler Harper Republican 2012 Ocilla
8 Tim Golden Republican 1998 Valdosta
9 Don Balfour Republican 1992 Snellville
10 Emanuel Jones Democratic 2004 Decatur
11 Dean Burke Republican 2013 Bainbridge
12 Freddie Powell Sims Democratic 2008 Dawson
13 John Crosby Republican 2008 Tifton
14 Bruce Thompson Republican 2013 White
15 Ed Harbison Democratic 1992 Columbus
16 Ronnie Chance Republican 2004 Tyrone
17 Rick Jeffares Republican 2010 Locust Grove
18 Cecil Staton Republican 2004 Macon
19 Tommie Williams Republican 1998 Lyons
20 Ross Tolleson Republican 2002 Perry
21 Brandon Beach Republican 2012 Alpharetta
22 Hardie Davis Democratic 2010 Augusta
23 Jesse Stone Republican 2010 Waynesboro
24 Bill Jackson Republican 2007 Appling
25 Burt Jones Republican 2012 Jackson
26 David Lucas Democratic 2012 Macon
27 Jack Murphy Republican 2006 Cumming
28 Mike Crane Republican 2011 Newnan, Georgia
29 Joshua McKoon Republican 2010 Columbus
30 Mike Dugan Republican 2013 Carrollton
31 Bill Heath Republican 2004 Bremen
32 Judson Hill Republican 2004 Marietta
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 Lindsey Tippins Republican 2010 Marietta
38 Horacena Tate Democratic 1998 Atlanta
39 Vincent Fort Democratic 1996 Atlanta
40 Fran Miller Republican 2010 Atlanta
41 Steve Henson Democratic 2002 Tucker
42 Jason Carter Democratic 2010 Decatur
43 Ronald Ramsey, Sr. Democratic 2006 Decatur
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 David Shafer Republican 2001 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 Charlie Bethel Republican 2010 Dalton
55 Gloria Butler Democratic 1999 Stone Mountain
56 John Albers Republican 2010 Roswell

List of Committees[edit]

See also[edit]

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