Rep. Christian Coomer (HD 14)
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Christian Aaron Coomer (R-Cartersville)
District 14 (Bartow & Floyd counties)
Coomer’s most generous campaign donors include a number of local businesses in his district. Since he ran for the House, though, proponents of free-standing surgery centers, including the Harbin Clinic in Rome, Cartersville surgeon Dr. John Perry, Resurgens P.C. and the Georgia Society of Ambulatory Surgery Centers, have given more than $19,000, the largest bloc of campaign money that Coomer has collected from a single sector.
The Georgia Installment Lending Association, represented by former Rep. Charlie Watts, treated Coomer to an $1,148, three-day weekend at The Shores Resort & Spa in Daytona Beach, Fla., for its 2012 annual convention. The association has also given $7,250 to Coomer’s campaign, more than any other trade group.
Challenged Cherokee Circuit District Attorney Joe Campbell, falling about 400 votes short in the 2008 Republican primary.
Elected to the House in 2010, after winning a primary runoff by 132 votes.
Re-elected three times since then with no opposition.
- Elected House majority whip in November 2016.
- Appropriations (2015 – present)
- Banks & Banking (2011 – present)
- Ethics (2017 – )
- Judiciary Non-Civil (2011 – present)
- Juvenile Justice, formerly Children & Youth (2011 – present)
- Retirement (2013 – present)
- Rules (2017 – )
- Transportation (2015 – present; chair, 2015 – 2016)
- Attorney with his own law practice.
Business ownership interests
- Member/manager, CAC Holdings LLC
- Member/manager, Christian A. Coomer, Attorney at Law LLC
Other fiduciary positions
- Chairman, Georgia Veterans Association, non-profit
- Board member, Church of Gods Benefits Board, Cleveland, Tenn.
Real estate holdings
- Personal residence in Cartersville valued at $183,000
- Rental property in Bradley County, Tenn., valued at $100,000
- None disclosed.
Payments from state agencies
- Coomer has collected $4,888 since 2008 from the Georgia Public Defender Standards Council.
Coomer has raised more than $316,000 in political donations and loaned his campaign another $9,800. The breakdown by election cycle:
- 2008: $17,314
- 2010: $45,016
- 2011-12: $38,243
- 2013-14: $48,946
- 2015-16: $168,314
- Reported cash on hand (Jan. 2017): $49,460
- $4,550 House Speaker David Ralston & other Republican legislators
- $12,600 Harbin Clinic, Rome, Ga.
- $7,250 Georgia Installment Lending Association
- $5,300 Greg Bowen, president Bo’s Pallets, Adairsville, Ga.
- $5,000 Georgia Trial Lawyers Association
- $4,500 B. Edward Tuten Jr., manager Immanuel Broadcasting Network
- $4,250 Taylor Transport & CEO Ricky Cole
- $4,000 Bartow Precast Inc. & CEO Michael Tidwell
- $4,000 Tonya Green Heard, owner Cobra Truck Inc., Adairsville, Ga.
- $3,750 GeorgiaLink Public Affairs & lobbyist Boyd Pettit
- $3,500 Georgia Dental Association
- $3,500 Georgia Highway Contractors Association
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. Coomer’s campaign made these contributions:
- 2010: $500
- 2011-12: $2,970
- 2013-14: $9,825
- 2015-16: $38,200
Coomer’s campaign paid his law practice $4,145 for several months’ rent and unspecified expenses for his district office in 2013 and 2014. It also reimbursed the law firm $710 for software and $802 for the salary of a legislative aide.
The campaign reimbursed Coomer personally for $320 in unspecified expenses in 2010.
Since 2010, lobbyists have reported paying more than $6,200 for meals and other gifts for Coomer. The big spenders:
- $1,148 Georgia Industrial Loan Association (for four days and three nights at a convention in Daytona)
- $898 StudentsFirst
- $591 Georgia Optometric Association
- $504 Georgia Automobile Dealers Association
- $317 Georgia Power Co.
Committee days & travel expenses
When out of session, lawmakers may collect $173 per diem plus mileage for committee meetings or other official business. Lawmakers living within 50 miles of the Capitol are taxed on these payments, which were originally intended to cover out-of-town members’ food and lodging.
- 2011: $3,640 (16 days)
- 2012: $4,678 (21 days)
- 2013: $6,927 (30 days)
- 2014: $9,368 (42 days) #12 in the House
- 2015: $10,743 (44 days) #15 in the House
Updated Jan. 15, 2017