Rep. Tom Weldon
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Thomas Darrell Weldon Jr. (R-Ringgold)
House District 3 (Catoosa County)
Rep. Tom Weldon did not disclose payments of $2,432 from the Georgia Public Defender Standards Council in fiscal year 2010. Legislators may do business with state agencies under limited circumstances. The sum paid to Weldon falls below the amount, currently $10,000, that legislators must report on their annual Personal Financial Disclosures. Another law, though, requires that public officials disclose payments from state agencies if any single transaction exceeds $250. Those disclosures are filed in a searchable online database posted by the state ethics commission.
Weldon never filed a personal financial disclosure in 2014. He filed the one that was due that year in June 2015.
- Elected to the House in 2008, defeating two Republicans and one Democrat handily.
- Re-elected in 2010 with 61% of the Republican primary vote and in 2012 and 2014 with no opposition.
- Appropriations (2011 – present)
- Banks & Banking (2009 – present)
- Code Revision (2009 – present)
- Judiciary (2009 – present)
- Juvenile Justice (chair, 2013 – present)
- Retirement (2009 – present)
- Rules (2011 – present)
- Attorney, admitted to the Georgia bar in 2001. In January 2015, Weldon signed on as attorney representing Hutcheson Medical Center in a federal-court dispute with Chattanooga-based Erlanger Health System. His father, Dr. Darrell Weldon, serves as chairman of Hutcheson’s board.
Business ownership interests
- Owner, Weldon Law Firm.
- Member, Southeastern Land Title & Escrow LLC, inactive for several years. Dissolved by the Secretary of State in 2012.
- Member, Southern Opportunities LLC, real estate management & investment.
- Member, TK Development LLC, real estate development & investment.
Other fiduciary positions
- None disclosed.
Real estate holdings
- Half-acre unimproved lot in East Ridge Terrace subdivision valued at $1,200.
- UNDISCLOSED: One of Weldon’s businesses, Southern Opportunities LLC, owns a $60,000 home on Old Mill Road.
- None disclosed.
Payments from state agencies
- UNDISCLOSED: The Georgia Public Defender Standards Council reported paying Weldon $2,432 in fiscal year 2010, according to information available at open.georgia.gov. Legislators may do business with state agencies under limited circumstances. The sum paid to Weldon falls below the amount, currently $10,000, that legislators must report on their annual Personal Financial Disclosures. Another law, though, requires that public officials disclose payments from state agencies if any single transaction exceeds $250.
Donors have given more than $207,000 to Weldon’s campaigns since 2008. The breakdown by election cycle:
- 2008: $56,675
- 2009-10: $70,252
- 2011-12: $31,133
- 2013-14: $25,655
- 2015-16: $23,750
- Reported cash on hand (Feb. 2016): $14,326
- $38,800 Ex-Sen. Don Thomas & other Republican legislators
- $12,400 Georgia Trial Lawyers Association
- $5,250 Georgia Apartment Association
- $4,000 Select Management Resources Inc., title pawn lender
- $4,200 Georgia Association of Realtors
- $3,600 Georgia Dental Association
- $3,500 Titlemax, title pawn lender
- $3,050 Community Bankers Association of Georgia
- $3,000 AT&T
- $3,000 Georgia Society of Interventional Pain Physicians
- $3,000 Dr. T. Darrell Weldon, father
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. Weldon’s campaign made these donations:
- 2009-10: $6,950
- 2011-12: $6,100
- 2013-14: $9,356
- 2015-16: $2,500
Since 2008, lobbyists have reported paying more than $11,800 for meals and other gifts for Weldon. The big spenders: State Bar of Georgia ($1,457), Georgia Power Co. ($1,256), Georgia Trial Lawyers Association ($1,008).
- 2008: $144
- 2009: $1,963
- 2010: $1,863
- 2011: $2,141
- 2012: $1,592
- 2013: $1,300
- 2014: $1,574
- 2015: $871
- 2016: $442 through March 8
Committee days & travel expenses
When out of session, legislators may collect $173 per day plus mileage for committee meetings or other official business. Those living within 50 miles of the Capitol are taxed on these payments, originally intended to cover out-of-town members’ food and lodging.
- 2009: $1,954 (10 days)
- 2010: $2,037 (10 days)
- 2011: $1,834 (10 days)
- 2012: $900 (4 days)
- 2013: $2,075 (8 days)
- 2014: $1,266 (6 days)
- 2015: $3,854 (15 days)
Posted April 19, 2013; updated March 15, 2016