Robert Reichert

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Robert Reichert
41st Mayor of Macon, Georgia
Incumbent
Assumed office
December 12, 2007
Preceded by C. Jack Ellis
Georgia State Representative from District 126 (Macon and Bibb County)
In office
1993–2003
Macon City Council member
In office
1987–1992
Personal details
Born (1948-08-11) August 11, 1948 (age 66)
Macon, Georgia, USA
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Dele Reichert
Children Two children
Parents Albert Reichert, Sr.
Profession Attorney
Religion Methodist

Robert Reichert (born August 11, 1948) is the current Democratic mayor of Macon, Georgia, the fourth largest city in the state.

Early life and education[edit]

Reichert was born in Macon to Albert Reichert, Sr. He graduated from Stratford Academy in Macon in 1966 and thereafter enrolled at the University of Georgia at Athens. He left the university in 1968 and entered the United States Army.

In 1976 he returned to the University of Georgia and received a bachelor of science degree in agriculture and biology. In 1981, he obtained his law degree from the Mercer University Walter F. George School of Law in Macon.

Military record[edit]

From 1970-1971, he served with the 1st Air Cavalry Division as a helicopter pilot in South Vietnam. He attained the rank of chief warrant officer[clarification needed] and completed his service in the armed forces as a member of the 3rd Armored Division at Fort Hood in central Texas.

Career[edit]

Reichert returned to Macon after his tour in the Vietnam War. On his discharge from the military, Reichert worked for a Macon automobile dealer. He interned under former U.S. Senator Sam Nunn, another Georgia Democrat.

Reichert then joined the Macon firm of Anderson, Walker and Reichert as an associate attorney. In 1985, he became a full partner and has been practicing law in the area of civil litigation. He previously served on the Macon City Council from 1987-1992.

Political career[edit]

In 1992, Reichert was elected to the Georgia House (District 126) from northwest Macon and Bibb County. He served a full decade but did not seek reelection in 2002. In the House, he served on the Industry Committee, the Judiciary Committee, and the Regulated Beverage Committee.[citation needed]

Reichert returned to politics when he ran in the Democratic primary for the Macon mayoralty. He won the nomination, and then won the November 6, 2007, mayoral election with 96 percent of the vote. The vote was 11,488 to 461 for the Republican candidate, David Cousino.[citation needed] In this heavily Democratic city, the general election is considered merely a pro forma contest.

In June 2013, Reichert was one of six mayoral candidates for the consolidated government of Macon-Bibb. In the succeeding Democratic primary, Reichert defeated four intraparty rivals with 63.1 percent of the vote.[1] In October 15th, 2013 he won a runoff election against C. Jack Ellis to become the first mayor of the consolidated Macon-Bibb.[2]Macon-Bibb is to encompass all of Bibb County as Macon. [3]

Personal life[edit]

Reichert has been active in various civic organizations, including Leadership Macon, the Boy Scouts of America, the Macon Rescue Mission, the Georgia Industrial Home, Douglass Theatre, and the Kiwanis Club. Reichert and his wife, Dele, have two children, and they are members of the Vineville United Methodist Church.


References[edit]

  1. ^ City of Macon, Election Returns, 2007, Bonnie Smith, at 1-478-751-7170
  2. ^ "http://www.macon.com/2013/10/16/2721821/macon-mayor-robert-reichert-wins.html"
  3. ^ "http://www.macon.com/2012/07/31/2116420/first-macon-bibb-county-consolidation.html"
Preceded by
C. Jack Ellis
Mayor of Macon, Georgia

Robert Reichert
2007–

Succeeded by
Incumbent