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    Rep. Rick Jasperse (HD 11)

     

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    Richard Clark Jasperse (R-Jasper)

    District 11 (Pickens, Murray & Gordon counties)

     

    Rick Jasperse

    Rick Jasperse

     

    Lobbyists have spent about $4,100 on Rick Jasperse in 2016, including $1,700 for an educational farm tour and equestrian visit for him and his wife. Tony Simon of ConnectSouth public relations firm pad for the tour.

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    Voting record

    Born: 1955

    Political career

    • Won a House seat in a May 2010 special election with 71 percent of the vote.
    • Re-elected in 2010, 2014 and 2016 with at least 84% of the vote and in 2012 without opposition.

    Committee assignments

    • Appropriations (2013 – present)
    • Health & Human Services (2013 – present)
    • Higher Education (chair, 2017 – )
    • Human Relations & Aging (2013 – present)
    • Public Safety (2015 – present)
    • Agriculture & Consumer Affairs (2011 – 2016)
    • Economic Development (2011 – 2012)
    • Game, Fish & Parks (2011 – 2012)
    • Special Rules (2011 – 2012; chair, June 2015 – 2016)

    Employment

    • Retired county agent (2009), University of Georgia Extension Service.

    Business ownership interests

    • None disclosed.

    Other fiduciary positions

    • None disclosed.

    Real estate holdings

    • Personal residence on 15 acres in Jasper valued at $157,000.

    Other investments

    • None disclosed.

    Payments from state agencies

    • None disclosed.

    Campaign contributions

    Jasperse has raised more than $207,000 in campaign donations. In 2010, he also loaned the campaign $5,000, which it has repaid. The breakdown by election cycle:

    • 2010 special election: $24,929
    • 2010 general election: $21,082
    • 2011-12: $23,169
    • 2013-14: $62,433
    • 2015-16: $76,665
    • Reported cash on hand (Jan. 2017): $87,062

    Top donors

    • $15,750 House Speaker David Ralston & other Republican legislators
    • $5,000 Medical Association of Georgia
    • $4,700 R. Gary Copeland, Jasper, Ga., farmer/businessman
    • $4,250 Georgia Apartment Association
    • $4,050 Georgia Dental Association
    • $4,000 Georgia Trial Lawyers Association
    • $3,500 Tom M. Phillips Oil Co., Jasper, Ga.
    • $3,375 Lawton Baggs, Jasper, Ga., retired educator
    • $2,850 Georgia Alliance of Community Hospitals
    • $2,700 Georgia Pharmacy Association
    • $2,650 Altria / Philip Morris USA

    Campaign-to-campaign donations

    Candidates may make political donations with campaign funds, allowing prolific fund-raisers to share their contributions with other legislators or candidates. Some advocacy groups believe such transfers should be limited to an aggregate of $10,000 per election cycle. Jasperse’s committee made these contributions:

    • 2010: $400
    • 2011-12: $1,400
    • 2013-14: $5,500
    • 2015-16: $11,600

    Lobbyist freebies

    Since 2010, lobbyists have reported paying more than $10,000 for meals and other gifts for Jasperse. The big spenders:

    • $1,718 ConnectSouth Inc.
    • $961 Georgia Power Co.
    • $667 Outdoor Advertising Association of Georgia
    • $622 Medical Association of Georgia
    • $324 Georgia Alliance of Community Hospitals
    • $312 Joe Tanner & Associates

    Per diem & travel

    When out of session, lawmakers may collect $173 per diem plus mileage for official business. Those 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.

    • 2010: $2,533 (11 days)
    • 2011: $3,100 (13 days)
    • 2012: $3,037 (12 days)
    • 2013: $8,734 (38 days) #20 in the House
    • 2014: $1,915 (8 days)
    • 2015: $6,679 (27 days)

    Updated Nov. 6, 2016

     

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