147th Georgia General Assembly

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147th Georgia General Assembly
146th 148th
Great Seal of the State of Georgia
Meeting place Georgia State Capitol
Members 56 (30 R, 26 D)
President of the Senate Mark Taylor (D)
Party control Republican Party
House of Representatives
Members 180 (107 D, 72 R, 1 I)
Speaker of the House Terry Coleman (D)
Party control Democratic Party

The 2003 regular session of the 147th General Assembly of the U.S. state of Georgia met from January 13, 2003, at 10:00 am, to Friday, April 25, at midnight, at which time both houses adjourned sine die. Control of the General Assembly was split between the Republican-controlled Senate and the Democratic-controlled House.

This was the longest legislative session in more than a century. 122 general House bills, 174 local House bills, 77 general Senate bills and 41 local Senate bills passed both chambers of the legislature and were sent to the governor for his signature.

The 2004 regular session of the Georgia General Assembly opened at 10:00 am on Monday, January 12, 2004, and adjourned sine die at midnight on Wednesday, April 7, 2004. The legislature passed 138 general House bills, 160 local House bills, 71 general Senate bills and 25 local Senate bills, which were sent to the governor for his signature.

In addition, Governor Sonny Perdue called for a special session, which met from May 3, 2004, to May 7, 2004, in order to handle the unbalanced budget that had been passed at the end of the regular session.



Presiding Officer[edit]

Position Name Party District
President Mark Taylor Democrat n/a
President Pro Tempore Eric Johnson Republican 1

Majority leadership[edit]

Position Name District
Senate Majority Leader Tom Price 61
Majority Caucus Chairman Don Balfour 9
Majority Whip Mitch Seabaugh 28

Minority leadership[edit]

Position Name District
Senate Minority Leader Michael Meyer von Bremen 12
Minority Caucus Chairman Steve Thompson 33
Minority Whip Robert Brown 26

House of Representatives[edit]

Presiding Officer[edit]

Position Name Party District
Speaker of the House Terry Coleman Democrat 118
Speaker Pro Tempore DuBose Porter Democrat 119

Majority leadership[edit]

Position Name District
House Majority Leader Jimmy Skipper 116
Majority Whip Nan Grogan Orrock 51
Majority Caucus Chairman Calvin Smyre 111
Majority Caucus Vice Chairman Jay Shaw 143
Majority Caucus Secretary LaNett Stanley-Turner 43, Post 2
Majority Caucus Treasurer Kathy Ashe 42, Post 2

Minority Leadership[edit]

Position Name District
House Minority Leader Glenn Richardson 26
Minority Whip Jerry Keen 146
Minority Caucus Chairman Sharon Cooper 30
Minority Caucus Vice Chairman Warren Massey 24
Minority Caucus Secretary Sue Burmeister 96

Members of the Georgia State Senate, 2003–2004[edit]

District Senator Party Residence
1 Eric Johnson Republican Savannah
2 Regina Thomas Democratic Savannah
3 Rene 'D. Kemp Democratic Hinesville
4 Jack Hill Republican Reidsville
5 Mary Hodges Squire Democratic Norcross
6 Ginger Collins Republican Atlanta
7 Peg Blitch Democratic Homerville
8 Tim Golden Democratic Valdosta
9 Don Balfour Republican Snellville
10 Nadine Thomas Democratic Decatur
11 John Bulloch Republican Ochlocknee
12 Michael S. Meyer von Bremen Democratic Albany
13 Rooney L. Bowen Republican Cordele
14 George Hooks Democratic Americus
15 Ed Harbison Democratic Columbus
16 Seth Harp Republican Midland
17 Mike Crotts Republican Atlanta
18 Ross Tolleson Republican Perry
19 Tommie Williams Republican Lyons
20 Hugh Gillis Democratic Soperton
21 Robert LaMutt Republican Marietta
22 Randy Hall Republican Augusta
23 Don Cheeks Republican Augusta
24 Joey Brush Republican Martinez
25 Faye Smith Democratic Milledgeville
26 Robert Brown Democratic Macon
27 Dan Moody Republican Alpharetta
28 Mitch Seabaugh Republican Sharpsburg
29 Daniel W. Lee Republican LaGrange
30 Bill Hamrick Republican Carrollton
31 Nathan Dean Democratic Rockmart
32 Charlie Tanksley Republican Marietta
33 Steve Thompson Democratic Marietta
34 Valencia Seay Democratic Riverdale
35 Kasim Reed Democratic Atlanta
36 Sam Zamarripa Democratic Atlanta
37 Charles C. "Chuck" Clay Republican Marietta
38 Horacena Tate Democratic Atlanta
39 Vincent D. Fort Democratic Atlanta
40 Liane Levetan Democratic Atlanta
41 Steve Henson Democratic Tucker
42 David Adelman Democratic Decatur
43 Connie Stokes Democratic Decatur
44 Terrell Starr Democratic Jonesboro
45 Renee S. Unterman Republican Buford
46 Brian P. Kemp Republican Athens
47 Ralph T. Hudgens Republican Comer
48 David J. Shafer Republican Duluth
49 Casey Cagle Republican Chestnut Mountain
50 Carol Jackson Democratic Cleveland
51 Bill Stephens Republican Canton
52 Preston W. Smith Republican Rome
53 Jeff E. Mullis Republican Chickamauga
54 Don R. Thomas Republican Dalton
55 Gloria Butler Democratic Stone Mountain
56 Tom Price Republican Roswell

Members of the Georgia State House of Representatives, 2003–2004[edit]

District Representative Party Residence
1 Mike Snow Democratic Chickamauga
2 Brian Joyce Republican Lookout Mountain
3, Post 1 Ronald L. Forster Republican Ringgold
3, Post 2 Jack White Republican Blue Ridge
4 Roger Williams Republican Dalton
5 S. Craig Brock Republican Chatsworth
6 David Ralston Republican Blue Ridge
7 Benjamin Bridges Republican Cleveland
8 Charles F. Jenkins Democratic Blairsville
9 Amos Amerson Republican Dahlonega
10 Tom Graves Republican Fairmount
11 Barbara Massey Reece Democratic Menlo
12 Jeff Lewis Republican White
13, Post 1 Buddy Childers Democratic Rome
13, Post 2 Paul E. Smith Democratic Rome
14, Post 1 Tom Knox Republican Cumming
14, Post 2 Jack Murphy Republican Cumming
15 Chip Rogers Republican Woodstock
16 Calvin Hill Republican Canton
17 Bobby Franklin Republican Marietta
18 Bill Heath Republican Bremen
19 Bill Cummings Democratic Rockmart
20 Carl Rogers Democratic Gainesville
21 Stacey G. Reece Republican Gainesville
22 Jeanette Jamieson Democratic Toccoa
23 Alan Powell Democratic Hartwell
24 Warren Massey Republican Winder
25 Chris Elrod Republican Jefferson
26 Glenn Richardson Republican Dallas
27 Howard Richard Maxwell Republican Dallas
28 Earl Ehrhart Republican Powder Springs
29 Don Parsons Republican Marietta
30 Sharon Cooper Republican Marietta
31 Matt Dollar Republican Marietta
32 Judy Manning Republican Marietta
33, Post 1 Don Wix Democratic Mabelton
33, Post 2 Alisha Thomas Morgan Democratic Austell
33, Post 3 Pat Dooley Democratic Marietta
34, Post 1 Doug Stoner Democratic Smyrna
34, Post 2 Rob Teilhet Democratic Smyrna
34, Post 3 Rich Golick Republican Smyrna
35 Roger Hines Republican Kennesaw
36 Mark Burkhalter Republican Alpharetta
37 Chuck Martin Republican Alphretta
38 Jan Jones Republican Alpharetta
39 Tom Campbell Republican Roswell
40 Wendell Willard Republican Atlanta
41 Joe Wilkinson Republican Sandy Springs
42, Post 1 Doug Teper Democratic Atlanta
42, Post 2 Kathy Ashe Democratic Atlanta
42, Post 3 Pat Gardner Democratic Atlanta
42, Post 4 Nick Moraitakis Democratic Atlanta
43, Post 1 "Able" Mable Thomas Democratic Atlanta
43, Post 2 LaNett Stanley-Turner Democratic Atlanta
44 John Noel Democratic Atlanta
45 Roger B. Bruce Democratic Atlanta
46 Bill Hembree Republican Douglasville
47 Tyrone L. Brooks Sr. Democratic Atlanta
48, Post 1 Robert A. "Bob" Holmes Democratic Atlanta
48, Post 2 Sharon Beasley-Teague Democratic Red Oak
48, Post 3 Joe Heckstall Democratic East Point
48, Post 4 Virgil Fludd Democratic Fayetteville
49 Douglas C. Dean Democratic Atlanta
50 Georganna T. Sinkfield Democratic Atlanta
51 Nan Grogan Orrock Democratic Atlanta
52 Fran Millar Republican Dunwoody
53 Jill Chambers Republican Atlanta
54 Sally Harrell Democratic Atlanta
55 Michele D. Henson Democratic Stone Mountain
56, Post 1 Stephanie Stuckey Benefield Democratic Atlanta
56, Post 2 Mary Margaret Oliver Democratic Decatur
57 Karla Drenner Democratic Avondale Estates
58 Barbara J. Mobley Democratic Decatur
59, Post 1 JoAnn McClinton Democratic Atlanta
59, Post 2 George Maddox Democratic Decatur
59, Post 3 Howard Mosby Democratic Atlanta
60, Post 1 Pam Stephenson Democratic Atlanta
60, Post 2 Stan Watson Democratic Decatur
60, Post 3 Teresa Greene-Johnson Democratic Lithonia
61, Post 1 Ron Sailor Jr. Democratic Decatur
61, Post 2 Earnest "Coach" Williams Democratic Avondale Estates
61, Post 3 Billy Mitchell Democratic Stone Mountain
62 Randal Mangham Democratic Decatur
63 Barbara J. Bunn Republican Conyers
64 Tom Rice Republican Norcross
65 Brooks P. Coleman Jr. Republican Duluth
66 Pedro Rafael Marin Democratic Duluth
67, Post 1 Mike Coan Republican Lawrenceville
67, Post 2 James Mills Republican Gainesville
68 David Casas Republican Lilburn
69, Post 1 Curt Blackburn Thompson II Democratic Norcross
69, Post 2 Hugh Floyd Democratic Norcross
70, Post 1 Charles E. Bannister Republican Lilburn
70, Post 2 Scott Dix Republican Lilburn
70, Post 3 John Wilson Heard Republican Lawrenceville
71, Post 1 Len Walker Republican Loganville
71, Post 2 Donna Sheldon Republican Dacula
72 Jim Stokes Democratic Covington
73 John F. Douglas Republican Covington
74 Louise McBee Democratic Athens
75 Keith Heard Democratic Athens
76 Bob Smith Republican Watkinsville
77 Mickey Channell Democratic Greensboro
78 Tom McCall Democratic Elberton
79 Barry A. Fleming Republican Harlem
80 Ben L. Harbin Republican Evans
81 Victor Hill Democratic Riverdale
82 Gail M. Buckner Democratic Jonesboro
83 Darryl Jordan Democratic Riverdale
84, Post 1 Ron Dodson Democratic Lake City
84, Post 2 Mike Barnes Democratic Hampton
85, Post 1 John P. Yates Republican Griffin
85, Post 2 John Lunsford Republican McDonough
86 Lynn Westmoreland Republican Newnan
87 Lynn Ratigan Smith Republican Newnan
88, Post 1 Mark Butler Republican Carrollton
88, Post 2 Chuck Harper Republican Carrollton
89 Jeff Brown Republican LaGrange
90 Carl Von Epps Democratic LaGrange
91 Mack Crawford Republican Zebulon
92 Lee Howell Democratic Griffin
93 Curtis S. Jenkins Democratic Forsyth
94 Bobby Eugene Parham Democratic Milledgeville
95 Sistie Hudson Democratic Sparta
96 Sue Burmeister Republican Augusta
97 Quincy Murphy Democratic Augusta
98 Henry Howard Democratic Augusta
99 Pete Warren Democratic Augusta
100 Alberta J. Anderson Democratic Waynesboro
101 Bob Lane Democratic Stateboro
102 Larry "Butch" Parrish Democratic Swainsboro
103 Jimmy Lord Democratic Sandersville
104 Ken Birdsong Democratic Gordon
105 David E. Lucas Sr. Democratic Macon
106 David B. Graves Republican Macon
107 Nikki T. Randall Democratic Macon
108 Robert Ray Democratic Fort Valley
109 Debbie Buckner Democratic Junction City
110 Vance Smith Jr. Republican Pine Mountain
111 Calvin Smyre Democratic Columbus
112 Tom Buck Democratic Columbus
113 Carolyn Flemming Hugley Democratic Columbus
114 Lynmore James Democratic Montezuma
115 Larry Walker Democratic Perry
116 Jimmy Skipper Democratic Americus
117 Larry O'Neal Republican Warner Robins
118 Terry Coleman Democratic Eastman
119 DuBose Porter Democratic Dublin
120 Greg Morris Democratic Vidalia
121, Post 1 Terry E. Barnard Republican Glennville
121, Post 2 Bert Smith Oliver Democratic Glennville
122 Ann R. Purcell Democratic Rincon
123 Ron Stephens Republican Garden City
124, Post 1 Lester Jackson Democratic Savannah
124, Post 2 Edward "Mickey" Stephens Democratic Savannah
125 Tom Bordeaux Democratic Savannah
126 Burke Day Republican Tybee Island
127 Buddy DeLoach Independent Hinesville
128 Al Williams Democratic Midway
129, Post 1 Hinson Mosley Democratic Jesup
129, Post 2 Tommy Smith Democratic Nicholls
130 Chuck Sims Democratic Douglas
131 Jay Roberts Republican Ocilla
132 Johnny Floyd Democratic Cordele
133 Bob Hanner Democratic Parrott
134 Gerald E. Greene Democratic Cuthbert
135 Lawrence R. Robers Democratic Albany
136 Winfred J. Dukes Democratic Albany
137 Ed Rynders Republican Albany
138 Austin Scott Republican Tifton
139 Penny Houston Democratic Nashville
140 A. Richard Royal Democratic Camilla
141, Post 1 Wallace Sholar Democratic Cairo
141, Post 2 Hugh D. Bloome Democratic Donalsonville
142 Ron Borders Democratic Valdosta
143 Jay Shaw Democratic Lakeland
144 Ellis Black Democratic Valdosta
145 Mike Boggs Democratic Waycross
146 Jerry Keen Republican St. Simons Island
147 Cecily A. Hill Republican St. Marys