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    Rep. Eddie Lumsden

     

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    Leaders in the public sector have plenty of public resources to promote their political views, accomplishments and experience. Often the public record holds much more: personal and campaign finance disclosures, expense reports, and business, tax and court filings. Here’s what they show: 

    James Edward Lumsden (R-Rome)

    District 12 (Floyd & Chattooga counties)

    Eddie Lumsden

    Eddie Lumsden

    Legislative website

    Campaign website

    Voting record

    Born: 1952

    Overview

    Lumsden is one of many freshmen lawmakers who rely heavily on other Republican legislators as campaign donors. He has collected $76,190, or 53 percent of all his contributions, from other House Republicans. Insurance ($13,550) and health-care ($11,850) interests, led by Rome-based State Mutual Insurance Co., comprise Lumsden’s other top donor base.

    Until 2013, Lumsden’s financial disclosures failed to mention his partial ownership of his wife’s insurance agency. He amended his dicslosure to include that information in 2013 after an inquiry by Atlanta Unfiltered.

     Political career

    • Ran for the House in 2004, losing to incumbent Barbara Massey Reece, a Democrat, by 58% to 42%.
    • Chosen in 2005 to be chairman of the Floyd County Republican Party.
    • Appointed by Gov. Sonny Perdue in 2005 to the State Consumer Advisory Board.
    • Elected to the Floyd County Commission in 2006. He was re-elected in 2010 after winning the Republican primary by 54 votes.
    • Elected to the House in 2012, unseating Reece with a 3-percent victory margin.
    • Drew no challengers to 2014 re-election bid.

    Committee assignments

    • Appropriations (2015 – present)
    • Budget and Fiscal Affairs Oversight (2013 – present)
    • Governmental Affairs (2015 – present)
    • Insurance (2013 – present)
    • Public Safety and Homeland Security (2013 – present)
    • State Properties (2015 – present)

    Employment

    • Lumsden’s 2011 disclosure lists his employment as “public service.”
    • UNDISCLOSED: Lumsden said in an interview that he does some field inspections and public relations work for his wife’s insurance agency. He holds an active license as a resident insurance agent.
    • Retired master trooper, Georgia State Patrol.

    Business ownership interests

    • FIRST DISCLOSED IN 2013: Co-owner, Teresa Lumsden Insurance Agency Inc.

    Other fiduciary positions

    • Vice president & secretary, Teresa Lumsden Insurance Agency Inc.

    Real estate holdings

    • Personal residence in Rome & adjoining lot, totaling 10.7 acres, valued at $342,000.
    • Two rental homes in Rome valued at a total of $149,000.
    • Lumsden’s wife, Teresa, owns a building valued at $217,000 that houses her Rome insurance agency.
    • Rental storage units located next-door to the insurance agency valued at $109,000.
    • (Lumsden’s disclosure for 2011 lists a commercial property at 3041 Martha Berry Highway in Rome, once the home of his wife’s insurance agency, among his real estate. In an interview, though, he said the agency leased the property until 1997 but never owned it. He said that he was unaware the disclosure listed the property and that his accountant had filed the disclosure for him.)

    Other investments

    • None disclosed.

    Payments from state agencies

    • None disclosed.

    Friends and Family

    • Teresa Lumsden, Eddie’s wife, served on the Floyd County Board of Education for 12 years. She lost a 2010 bid for re-election.

    Campaign contributions

    Since 2004, donors have given more than $143,000 to Lumdsen’s campaigns. The breakdown by election cycle:

    • 2004: $22,210
    • 2011-12: $60,043
    • 2013-14: $53,161
    • Lumsden in 2011 also loaned his campaign $1,500, which it has yet to repay.
    • Reported cash on hand (July 2014): $34,280

    Top donors

    • $76,190 House Speaker David Ralston & other Republican legislators
    • $6,000 State Mutual Insurance Co.
    • $3,400 Harbin Clinic & physicians, Rome, Ga.
    • $2,500 State Farm Insurance
    • $2200 David & Wayne Vick, executives Southern Bracing Systems
    • $1,500 Altria Client Services
    • $1,500 American Federation for Children
    • $1,423 CompuCredit Holding Corp. (in-kind donation)
    • $1,300 Georgia Association of Realtors
    • $1,250 Dr. Daniel Hanks Jr., radiologist, Armuchee, Ga.
    • $1,250 Independent Insurance Agents of Georgia

    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. Lumsden’s committee has made these contributions:

    • 2013-14: $2,500

    Lobbyist gifts

    Since 2012, lobbyists have reported paying $714 for meals and other gifts for Lumsden. The big spender: University System of Georgia ($283).

    • 2012: $88
    • 2013: $504
    • 2014: $121

    Committee days & travel expenses

    When the Legislature is out of session, members 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.

    • 2013: $3,254 (13 days)
    • 2014: $2,011 (8 days)

    Updated Jan. 15, 2017

     

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