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Georgia State Senate
|Georgia General Assembly|
New session started
|January 11, 2021|
President pro tempore
Length of term
|Authority||Article III, Georgia Constitution|
|Salary||$17,342/year + per diem|
|November 8, 2022|
|November 5, 2024|
|State Senate Chamber|
The Georgia State Senate is the upper house of the Georgia General Assembly, with the lower house being the Georgia House of Representatives. Both bodies are constitutionally required to convene annually at the Georgia State Capitol in Atlanta. The General Assembly begins each yearly session on the second Monday in January. From that date of convention, sessions last for 40 legislative days.
The Georgia State Senate consists of 56 members, each representing single-member legislative districts of equal size. State senators serve a term length of two years, with elections being held in even-numbered years. Senators officially assume their positions on the second Monday in January following their election.
To serve in the Senate, an individual must have attained the age of 25. The person must also be a qualified voter who has resided in the state of Georgia for at least two years. Unlike most states, senators are not required to have lived in their districts for a specific period of time before running.
The formal President of the State Senate is the Lieutenant Governor of Georgia, who is elected statewide every four years. Other important figures in the Senate include the President pro tempore (who is elected by all members of the Senate), as well as the Majority Leader, Majority Whip, and Majority Caucus Chair (each of whom are elected by the majority of what is currently the Republican caucus).
The minority party is headed by the Minority Leader, who is elected by the minority party caucus.
The current salary for state senators is $17,342. The Majority Leader and Minority Leader earn an additional $400 per month.
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.
As of January 2023[update], the majority and minority leadership is as follows:
|Lt. Governor and senate president||Burt Jones||Republican|
|President pro tempore||John F. Kennedy||Republican|
|Majority leader||Steve Gooch||Republican|
|Majority whip||Randy Robertson||Republican|
|Majority caucus chairman||Jason Anavitarte||Republican|
|Majority caucus vice-chairman||Matt Brass||Republican|
|Majority caucus treasurer||Dean Burke||Republican|
|Minority leader||Gloria Butler||Democratic|
|Minority whip||Harold V. Jones II||Democratic|
|Minority caucus chair||Elena Parent||Democratic|
|Minority caucus vice-chair||Sonya Halpern||Democratic|
|Minority caucus vice-chair of fundraising and campaigns||David Lucas||Democratic|
|Minority caucus secretary||Nan Orrock||Democratic|
List of committees
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 Burt Jones. The second-highest position is president pro tempore, currently held by Senator Butch Miller.
(Shading indicates majority caucus)
|End of 155th Assembly||35||21||56||0|
|Beginning of 156th Assembly||34||22||56||0|
|Latest voting share||60.7%||39.3%|
Past composition of the Senate
List of current senators
- Georgia General Assembly
- Georgia House of Representatives
- 155th Georgia General Assembly (2019–2021)
- 154th Georgia General Assembly (2017–2018)
- 153rd Georgia General Assembly (2015–2016)
- 152nd Georgia General Assembly (2013–2014)
- 151st Georgia General Assembly (2011–2012)
- 150th Georgia General Assembly (2009–2010)
- 149th Georgia General Assembly (2007–2008)
- 148th Georgia General Assembly (2005–2006)
- 147th Georgia General Assembly (2003–2004)
- 146th Georgia General Assembly (2001–2002)
- 145th Georgia General Assembly (1999–2000)
- 144th Georgia General Assembly (1997–1998)
- 143rd Georgia General Assembly (1995–1996)
- 142nd Georgia General Assembly (1993–1994)
- 140th Georgia General Assembly (1989–1990)
- 139th Georgia General Assembly (1987–1988)
- 138th Georgia General Assembly (1985–1986)
- 137th Georgia General Assembly (1983–1984)
- 136th Georgia General Assembly (1981–1982)
- 135th Georgia General Assembly (1979–1980)
- 134th Georgia General Assembly (1977–1978)
- Georgia Senate Democratic Caucus Official Website
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