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    Rep. Brooks Coleman (HD 97)

     

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    Brooks P. Coleman Jr. (R-Duluth)

    District 97 (Gwinnett County)

    Brooks Coleman

    Brooks Coleman

    Brooks Coleman, chairman of the House Education Committee since 2005, has raised more than $36,000 in campaign donations from education interests. The amounts are about equally divided between public school advocates and those promoting charter schools and privatization.

    Other Republican legislators have donated much more to Coleman’s campaigns over the years, with slightly more than $100,000 in contribution.

    Legislative website

    Campaign website

    Voting record

    Born: 1939

    Political career

    • Elected to the House in 1992.
    • Re-elected easily 10 times through 2012, either without opposition or with at least 66% of the vote.
    • Re-elected in 2014 with 56% in a three-way primary.
    • Won his 2016 Republican primary, 80-20%.

    Committees

    • Appropriations (2011 – present)
    • Education (1995 – present; chair, 2005 – present)
    • Intragovernmental Coordination (2005 – present)
    • Natural Resources & Environment (1995 – present)
    • Retirement (1995 – present)

    Employment

    • Motivational speaker, self-employed.
    • Retired assistant superintendent, Gwinnett County public schools.

    Business ownership interests

    • Owner, Brooks Coleman Inc., motivational speaking.

    Fiduciary positions

    • Board member, Peach State Federal Credit Union.

    Real estate interests

    • Personal residence in Duluth valued at $170,000.
    • 9.7 unimproved acres in Suwanee valued at $254,000.
    • 14 unimproved acres in Walton County valued at $109,000.

    Investments

    • BB&T Bank
    • Gwinnett Community Bank
    • Home Depot
    • Southern Co.

    Business transactions with state government

    Coleman picks up the occasional speaking fee, amounting to $1,700 from state agencies and $8,995 from local school boards since 2010.

    Campaign contributions

    Coleman has raised more than $427,000 in political donations since 1998. The breakdown by election cycle:

    • 1998: $2,650
    • 1999-2000: $32,219
    • 2001-02: $42,857
    • 2003-04: $39,810
    • 2005-06: $15,368
    • 2007-08: $14,400
    • 2009-10: $21,200
    • 2011-12 : $56,597
    • 2013-14: $103,475
    • 2015-16: $102,650
    • Reported cash on hand (Oct. 2016): $67,046

    Top donors

    • $105,550 House Speaker David Ralston & other Republican lawmakers
    • $13,100 Georgia Association of Educators
    • $9,500 Georgia Credit Union League
    • $8,300 L.E. “Sonny” Deavours, Duluth, Ga., Burnham Builders LP
    • $8,000 Students First
    • $7,000 Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce
    • $6,200 Georgia Association of Realtors
    • $5,500 Associated General Contractors of Georgia
    • $5,300 American Federation for Children
    • $5,000 Georgia Trial Lawyers Association
    • $4,750 Altria / Philip Morris USA
    • $4,750 Troutman Sanders LLP, lobbying firm
    • $4,625 Georgia Optometric Association
    • $4,254 Georgia Automobile Dealers Association
    • $4,000 Georgia Hospital Association
    • $4,000 Publix Super Markets
    • $3,800 Community Bankers Association of Georgia
    • $3,750 Georgia Orthopaedic Society
    • $3,500 Community Bankers Association of Georgia
    • $3,500 David R. Bowen, Suwanee, Ga., homebuilder
    • $3,500 Georgia Business PAC
    • $3,500 Koch Industries / Georgia-Pacific Corp.

    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 passed in the Senate but died in the House. Coleman’s campaign made these donations:

    • 1998: $400
    • 1999-2000: $2,000
    • 2001-02: $2,000
    • 2003-04: $2,500
    • 2005-06: $11,250
    • 2007-08: $18,250
    • 2009-10: $5,400
    • 2011-12: $5,500
    • 2013-14: $13,550
    • 2015-16: $3,850

    Lobbyist freebies

    Since 2006, lobbyists have reported giving Coleman meals and other gifts valued at more than $9,300. Tickets for athletic events and concerts, primarily Atlanta Falcons games, account for more than $3,000 of that amount. The big spenders:

    • $2,236 Georgia World Congress Authority
    • $912 Georgia Railroad Association
    • $518 Educational Services of America
    • $518 Milton & Rose Friedman Foundation
    • $504 University System of Georgia
    • $450 Georgia Power Co.

    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.

    • 2001: $996 (7 days)
    • 2002: $521 (3 days)
    • 2003: $2,727 (19 days)
    • 2004: $3,002 (21 days)
    • 2005: $5,776 (38 days)
    • 2006: $4,295 (28 days)
    • 2007: $8,529 (42 days)
    • 2008: $6,897 (34 days)
    • 2009: $4,422 (22 days)
    • 2010: $6,821 (33 days)
    • 2011: $10,478 (52 days) #8 in House
    • 2012: $11,596 (57 days) #6 in House
    • 2013: $5,041 (24 days)
    • 2014: $6,827 (33 days) #20 in House
    • 2015: $10,136 (47 days) #11 in House

    Updated Dec. 16, 2016

     

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