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Speaker Pro Tem Jan Jones
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Jan Lynn Slaughter Jones (R-Milton)
District 47 (Fulton County)
Speaker Pro Tem Jan Jones, it would appear, is a giver. Her campaign since 2007 has donated $404,000 — more than 40 percent of the funds it raised during that period — to other campaigns and political organizations. That’s more than any House member other than Speaker David Ralston and former Majority Leader Larry O’Neal.
Like most other campaign donors, though, Jones likes a sure thing. In 2008, in the months before colleagues chose her to be majority whip, she donated to 49 Republican candidates for the House; all but two had no Democratic opposition. In the fall of 2010, after becoming speaker pro tem, Jones donated to 58 House candidates — including 51 incumbents or newcomers with no opposition. On Nov. 8, 2010, House Republicans re-elected Jones by acclamation to her leadership post.
Georgia’s two largest title-pawn lenders represent the largest single special-interest sector among Jones’ campaign donors. Select Management Resources, TitleMax and their CEOs — who have lobbied to keep the industry virtually unregulated in Georgia — have given more than $33,000 to her campaigns. Health care, banking and development interests are among her other top contributors.
Jones’ husband, Kalin Jones, was general counsel for Colonial Pipeline Co. until 2013. A 2007 Senate bill would have allowed Colonial to bypass a rigorous permitting process for a proposed 44-mile line from Alabama to Cobb County; the bill never reached a vote in the House. Colonial sought and received a permit for the work in 2009, but later put the project on hold indefinitely for economic reasons. A subsidiary of Koch Industries, owned by the politically active Koch brothers, owns a 28 percent interest in Colonial Pipeline and is the company’s largest shareholder.
The American Legislative Exchange Council awarded “scholarships” totaling $1,924 to Jones in 2007, records show. Corporate donors — including petroleum, pharmaceutical, utility, tobacco and health-care interests — funded the scholarships, which were meant to cover the costs of airfare and lodging to attend ALEC functions. The donations generally are not disclosed as lobbyist gifts, since ALEC does not have a registered lobbyist in Georgia.
- Elected to the House in 2002, winning the GOP primary with 50.6 percent of the vote.
- Re-elected without opposition in 2004, 2008, 2012 and 2014.
- Re-elected in 2006 and 2010 with 75% or more of the vote.
- Jones became the House Republican whip in January 2009. Before the year was out, she’d advanced to Speaker Pro Tem in the leadership shuffle following Speaker Glenn Richardson’s resignation.
- Appropriations (2005 – 2009, 2011 – present; vice chair for education, 2005 – 2009)
- Education (2003 – 2009, 2011 – present)
- Ethics (2009 – present)
- Reapportionment (2005 – present)
- Regulated Industries (2015 – present)
- Rules (2009 – present)
- Arts & Humanities (2003 – 2004)
- Natural Resources & Environment (2003 – 2006)
- Ways & Means (2007 – 2008)
- Self-employed consultant.
- Retired marketing executive, Home Box Office.
Business ownership interests
- She and her husband own Gryphon Consulting Inc. LLC
Other fiduciary positions
- None disclosed.
Real estate holdings
- Personal residence on 8.9 acres in Alpharetta valued at $728,000
- Second home on Tybee Island valued at $249,000
- Spouse: half-interest in home valued at $211,000
Payments from state agencies
- None disclosed.
Friends and Family
- Her husband, Kalin Jones, was formerly general counsel for Colonial Pipeline Co.
- Fulton County filed an $88 lien for an unpaid tax penalty on Jones’ home in December 2010. The lien was snapped up almost immediately by Vesta Holdings, a company specializing in buying tax liens,
and was released in May 2011.
Donors have given Jones’ campaigns more than $1.07 million since 2002. The breakdown by election cycle:
- 2002: $42,535
- 2003-04: $44,243
- 2005-06: $131,175
- 2007-08: 91,469
- 2009-10: $226,299
- 2011: $205,930
- 2013-14: $220,310
- 2015-16: $161,728
- Reported cash on hand (July 2016): $197,461
- $31,950 Ex-Rep. Mark Burkhalter & other Republican legislators
- $24,244 Coca-Cola & the Georgia Beverage Association
- $18,390 Select Management Resources, title-pawn lender
- $15,250 United Parcel Service
- $15,050 TitleMax, title-pawn lender
- $14,200 American Federation for Children, charter school advocacy
- $14,000 Georgia Bankers Association
- $13,400 Georgia Association of Realtors
- $13,248 Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of Georgia
- $12,700 Georgia Apartment Association
- $12,350 United Health Services of Georgia, nursing homes
- $12,350 Medical Association of Georgia
- $11,750 Georgia Alliance of Community Hospitals
- $11,400 Wellcare of Georgia & affiliate, health care management organization
- $11,200 Daniel Phelan, chairman Prommis Solutions LLC
- $10,700 AT&T
- $10,400 Georgia Hospital Association
- $10,307 Anheuser-Busch Companies
- $10,300 Georgia Optometric Association
- $10,250 Wal-Mart Stores
- $9,600 Community Bankers Association of Georgia
- $9,300 Troutman Sanders LLP, lobbying firm
- $9,300 Georgia Pharmacy Association
- $8,800 Georgia Dental Association
- $8,750 Corrections Corporation of America
- $8,650 BlueCross BlueShield of Georgia
- $8,500 Altria, parent company of Philip Morris USA & UST smokeless tobacco
- $8,500 Centene Management Co., health care management organization
- $8,400 Georgia Orthopaedic Society
- $8,000 Dentons US LLP (formerly McKenna Long & Aldridge), lobbying firm
- $8,000 Georgia Credit Union League
- $8,000 Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, lobbying firm
- $7,751 Georgia Automobile Dealers Association
- $7,750 Holland & Knight, lobbying firm
- $7,550 Capital Health Management Inc., Columbia, Mo., & related PACs, low-income housing tax credits
- $7,500 General Electric Co.
- $7,470 Georgia Beer Wholesalers Association
- $7,150 Georgia Highway Contractors Association
- $7,000 State Farm Insurance
- $6,750 MAG Mutual Insurance Co.
- $6,700 Georgia Association of Educators
- $6,500 K12 Management Inc., charter schools
- $6,250 Anheuser Busch Companies
- $6,250 Novartis Pharmaceutical Corp.
- $6,200 Home Builders Association of Georgia
- $6,100 SunTrust Bank
- $6,000 AGL Resources
- $6,000 Georgia Health Care Association, nursing homes
- $5,750 Amerigroup Corp.
- $5,750 Independent Insurance Agents of Georgia
- $5,600 Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce
- $5,500 American Insurance Association
- $5,500 Yancey Brothers Co.
- $5,400 Georgia Trial Lawyers Association
- $5,400 Hospital Corporation of America
- $5,150 Koch Industries
- $5,000 AFLAC
- $5,000 Georgia Poultry Federation
- $5,000 Jackson Healthcare LLC, health care staffing
- $5,000 MGM Resorts International
- $5,000 Students First, charter school advocacy
Jones, who had no opposition in 2014, spent $11,765 in campaign funds for a rental car for official, political and election purposes. She’s spent a total of $29,867 on rental cars since 2010.
Jones’ campaign has also spent:
- $42,239 since 2009 to rent an apartment in Atlanta where she could stay during the legislative session,
- $32,826 since 2006 on cellphone, Internet and other telecommunications services
Candidates may give campaign funds to other candidates, a practice that some say provides a legal means to circumvent contribution limits. A 2003 bill to ban such transfers altogether passed in the Senate but died in the House. Jones’ committee made these political donations, totaling more than $391,000:
- 2002: $100
- 2003-04: $2,750
- 2005-06: $12,000
- 2007-08: $51,725
- 2009-10: $125,568
- 2011-12 : $86,725
- 2013-14: $113,050
- 2015-16: $15,700
Lobbyists have reported paying for meals and other gifts for Jones valued at more than $37,000 since 2006. The big spenders: Georgia Chamber of Commerce ($3,859), the University System of Georgia ($3,325), lobbying firm McKenna, Long & Aldridge LLP ($2,295) and the Georgia Association of Convenience Stores ($2,282).
The University System paid for Jones’ meals and lodging on a 2009 trip to Southern California to look at Georgia State University’s observatory on Mount Wilson. (Jones’ campaign paid for the airfare.)
- 2006: $1,300
- 2007: $1,285
- 2008: $4,751
- 2009: $5,283
- 2010: $6,614
- 2011: $5,474
- 2012: $3,668
- 2013: $1,536
- 2014: $3,780
- 2015: $5,638
- 2016: $202 through Jan. 31
Committee days & travel expenses
When out of session, legislators may collect $173 per day plus mileage for committee meetings or other official business. (Per diem was $127 until 2007.) Those living within 50 miles of the Capitol are taxed on these payments, originally intended to cover out-of-town members’ food and lodging.
- 2005: $668 (5 days)
- 2006: $2,324 (17 days)
- 2007: $7,306 (40 days)
- 2008: $6,789 (37 days)
- 2009: $9,992 (54 days) #10 in House
- 2010: $3,660 (20 days)
- 2011: $5,312 (29 days)
- 2012: $9,661 (47 days) #9 in House
- 2013: $9,699 (45 days) #12 in House
- 2014: $5,475 (27 days)
- 2015: $6,677 (32 days)
Updated July 26, 2016