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    Rep. Ed Rynders (HD 152)

     

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    Edward Eugene Rynders (R-Albany)

     

    District 152 (Lee, Sumter & Worth counties)

    Ed Rynders

    Ed Rynders

    Ed Rynders has chaired two House committees, but what the donors really like is his leadership role on Health and Human Services.

    Rynders joined the committee in 2003 and became vice chair when the GOP took control of the House in 2005. He’s been the panel’s vice chair or secretary ever since.

    Donors in the health-care sector have responded, giving his campaign more than $240,000 — more than 40 percent of all his financial support.

    Chief among them: Phoebe Putney Health System and Hospital Corporation of America (more than $33,000 combined), which owned the competing hospital that Phoebe Putney bought in 2011, despite federal anti-trust objections; and Georgia chiropractors ($28,000-plus). David Wren of Leesburg, a Georgia Chiropractic Association official, has chaired Rynders’ campaign committee since 2006.

    Legislative website

    Voting record

    Born: 1960

    Political career

    • Elected in 2002 after winning a three-way primary race and 61% in the general over Craig Mathis, son of former Congressman Dawson Mathis.
    • Re-elected in 2004 with 65% of the vote over former Public Service Commissioner Earleen Sizemore.
    • Re-elected four times since then without opposition.
    • Re-elected in 2014 with 78% in the Republican primary.
    • Won his 2016 Republican primary, 81-19%.

    Committee assignments

    • Appropriations (2005 – present; vice chair for general government, 2011 – 2014)
    • Governmental Affairs (chair, 2015 – present)
    • Health & Human Services (2003 – present)
    • Intragovernmental Coordination (2006 – present; chair, 2006 – 2010)
    • Reapportionment (2011 – present)
    • Transportation (2003 –  present)
    • Ways & Means (2015 – present)
    • Children & Youth (2003 – 2005)
    • Higher Education (2003 -2004)
    • State Planning & Community Affairs (2003 – 2004)

    Employment

    • Property management, self-employed.

    Business ownership interests

    • None disclosed.

    Fiduciary positions

    • None disclosed.

    Real estate holdings

    • Personal residence in Lee County valued at $232,000
    • House & four apartments at Rosedale & Van Buren in Albany valued at $144,000.
    • House & two duplexes at Rosedale & Harding in Albany valued at $52,000.
    • Six other houses and duplexes in Albany valued at $362,000.

    Other investments

    • None disclosed.

    Payments from state agencies

    • None disclosed.

    Campaign contributions

    Donors have contributed more than $596,000 to Rynders’ campaigns since 2002. He also loaned his campaign $15,000 in 2002; his disclosures show $5,000 was paid back in 2004. The breakdown by election cycle:

    • 2002: $36,549
    • 2003-04: $121,760
    • 2005-06: $49,903
    • 2007-08: $85,075
    • 2009-10: $61,732
    • 2011-12: $61,984
    • 2013-14: $75,860
    • 2015-16: $103,960
    • Reported cash on hand (Oct. 2016): $182,058

    Top donors

    • $21,950 House Speaker David Ralston & other Republican legislators
    • $28,725 Georgia Chiropractic Association & Albany-area chiropractors
    • $26,025 Phoebe Putney Health System board & executive team
    • $15,350 Georgia Dental Association
    • $13,400 Dr. Phillip Hajek, orthopedist
    • $10,800 Georgia Alliance of Community Hospitals
    • $9,000 Georgia Optometric Association
    • $8,750 Loan South Finance Corp. & CEO Raleigh Robinson
    • $8,075 Annette Bowling & other executives of Albany Advocacy Resource Center
    • $7,800 Oakland Plantation Partners LLC & related business 
    • $7,750 Medical Association of Georgia
    • $7,100 Hospital Corporation of America, former owner of Palmyra Park Hospital in Albany
    • $6,450 Classic Insurance Co. & owners James & Daniel Jeter, Moultrie, Ga., sub-prime lenders
    • $5,900 Copelan Insurance Agency & CEO Bill Copelan
    • $5,500 Georgia Society of Anesthesiologists
    • $5,250 Lasseter Tractor Co., owner Willard Lasseter & family
    • $5,250 Georgia Orthopaedic Society
    • $5,000 Georgia Association of Educators
    • $5,000 lobbyist Gerry Usry
    • $4,995 Mobley Gin Co., CEO Mark Mobley & family, cotton & vegetable farmers
    • $4,700 MillerCoors

    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. Rynders’ committee made these political donations:

    • 2002:
    • 2003-04: $470
    • 2007-08: $22,150
    • 2009-10: $32,840
    • 2011-12: $20,925
    • 2013-14: $18,900
    • 2015-16: $250

    Lobbyist freebies

    Lobbyists have given Rynders meals and other gifts valued at more than $18,000 since 2006. The big spenders: Usry Consulting ($2,606), Georgia World Congress Center Authority ($1,774), Phoebe Putney Health System ($1,744). The breakdown by year:

    • 2006: $1,629
    • 2007: $1,720
    • 2008: $2,871
    • 2009: $2,596
    • 2010: $1,751
    • 2011: $3,002
    • 2012: $794
    • 2013: $1,608
    • 2014: $671
    • 2015: $1,217
    • 2016: $573 through April 30

    Committee days & travel expenses

    When out of session, legislators may collect $173 per day plus mileage for committee meetings or other official business. (Per diem was $127 until 2007.) Those living within 50 miles of the Capitol are taxed on these payments, originally intended to cover out-of-town members’ food and lodging.

    • 2003: $539 (3 days)
    • 2004: $2,845 (17 days)
    • 2005: $2,981 (17 days)
    • 2006: $8,657 (38 days)
    • 2007: $9,578 (40 days)
    • 2008: $9,266 (30 days)
    • 2009: $3,838 (13 days)
    • 2010: $10,119 (33 days)
    • 2011: $7,421 (29 days)
    • 2012: $13,909 (53 days) #7 in the House
    • 2013: $11,367 (46 days) #10 in the House
    • 2014: $4,894 (20 days)
    • 2015: $12,017 (45 days) #13 in the House

    Updated Nov. 17, 2016

     

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