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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.

Legislative website

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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