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    Rep. Bert Reeves (HD 34)

     

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    Albert Thomas Reeves Jr. (R-Marietta)

     

    District 34 (Cobb County)

     

    Bert Reeves

    Bert Reeves

    Bert Reeves’ largest bloc of campaign donors, by far, are his fellow Republicans in the Georgia House of Representatives. They’ve given him more than $53,000 since 2014, including $30,800 this month alone. That influx nearly doubled his available cash for the May 2016 GOP primary.

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    Voting record

    Born: 1976

    Political career

    • Elected to the House in 2014, defeating incumbent Charles Gregory 52% to 48%.
    • Won his 2016 Republican primary, 79-21%.

    Committee assignments

    • Higher Education (2017 – )
    • Insurance (2015 – present)
    • Interstate Cooperation (2015 – present)
    • Judiciary Non-Civil (2015 – present)
    • Ways & Means (2017 – )

    Employment

    • Attorney, self-employed.

    Business ownership interests

    • The Law Office of Bert Reeves, P.C.

    Other fiduciary positions

    • Board member, Wellstar Kennestone Regional Health System.
    • Board member, Kennesaw Business Association.
    • Board member, Reconnecting Families Inc., non-profit dedicated to drug abuse treatment & prevention.

    Real estate holdings

    • Personal residence in Marietta valued at $382,000.

    Other investments

    • None disclosed.

    Payments from state agencies

    • None disclosed.

    Friends and Family

    • Reeves as Buzz, circa 1999

      Reeves as Buzz, circa 1999

      Reeves was Buzz, the Georgia Tech mascot, from 1997 to 2000.

    • Reeves interned for U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, then a member of the House, in 2000.
    • In 2002, he was a campaign volunteer for U.S. Rep. Phil Gingrey.
    • From 2011 to 2014, Reeves was a partner in the Marietta law firm now known as Garrett McNatt Hennessey Carpenter LLC. Other partners there included Heath Garrett, once a top aide to Isakson, and Chris Carpenter, who was legislative counsel and later campaign manager for ex-Gov. Roy Barnes.

    Campaign contributions

    Reeves has raised more than $192,000 in political donations since 2014. He’s also loaned his campaign $8,205, which has been repaid. The breakdown by election cycle:

    • 2013-14: $108,101
    • 2015-16: $84,546
    • Reported cash on hand (April 2016): $39,641

    Top donors

    • $60,300 House Speaker David Ralston & other Republican lawmakers
    • $5,500 Georgia Trial Lawyers Association
    • $3,600 American Federation for Children
    • $3,000 Fried Rogers Goldberg LLC, Atlanta, personal injury lawyers
    • $2,825 David Connell, CEO, & other leadership at Cobb County Chamber of Commerce
    • $2,800 David Bottoms, senior VP, The Bottoms Group, insurance
    • $2,800 Georgia Association of Realtors
    • $2,750 Georgia Hospital Association
    • $2,500 Lance Cooper, Marietta, Ga., trial lawyer
    • $2,000 Jones & Swanson, personal injury lawyers

    Campaign selfies

    Reeves’ campaign reimbursed him for $3,628 in expenses in 2014 without identifying the end recipient, as required by state law.

    Campaign-to-campaign donations

    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. Reeves’ campaign has made no such donations.

    Lobbyist freebies

    Since 2014, lobbyists have reported paying more than $1,800 for meals and other gifts for Reeves. The big spender: AT&T ($209).
    • 2014: $185
    • 2015: $1,112
    • 2016: $638

    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.

    • 2015: $2,968 (15 days)

     Updated Jan. 15, 2017

     

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