Rick W. Allen

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Rick Allen
Rick Allen Official Photo, 114th Congress.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Georgia's 12th district
Assumed office
January 3, 2015
Preceded by John Barrow
Personal details
Born (1951-11-07) November 7, 1951 (age 66)
Augusta, Georgia, U.S.
Political party Republican
Education Auburn University (BS)
Website House website

Richard Wayne Allen (born November 7, 1951) is an American politician who serves Georgia's 12th congressional district in the United States House of Representatives elections, 2014. He took office on January 3, 2015.


Allen attended Auburn University and earned a degree in building construction. He is the founder of R.W. Allen and Associates, a construction company headquartered in Augusta.[1]

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]



Allen ran in the Republican primary for the 12th district against three other candidates. Allen advanced to the runoff, but lost to State Representative Lee Anderson, 49.7% to 50.3%.[2] Anderson went on to lose the general election to incumbent John Barrow.


Allen ran again in 2014, this time making it to the general election. Allen defeated Barrow in the November election, in a result considered an upset even though the 12th had been made significantly more Republican in redistricting.[3][4]

Committee assignments[edit]


During a closed-door Republican meeting discussing an amendment that prohibited discrimination against LGBT workers, Allen read a Bible verse that says about homosexuals "they which commit such things are worthy of death." [6][7] Allen told the assembled Republicans that they are "going to Hell" if they vote for the proposed anti-discrimination amendment.[8]

After dozens were killed at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, Allen offered prayers to the family of the victims but refused to apologize or retract his past comments stating that homosexuals were "worthy of death." [9][10]

Personal life[edit]

Allen lives in Augusta, Georgia. A Methodist, he is married to Robin Allen and has four children.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
John Barrow
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Georgia's 1st congressional district

Current U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Pete Aguilar
United States Representatives by seniority
Succeeded by
Brian Babin