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    Rep. Tom Kirby (HD 114)

     

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    Lester Thomas Kirby (R-Loganville)

    HD 114 (Walton, Barrow, Gwinnett & Rockdale counties)

     

    Tom Kirby

    Tom Kirby

    Tom Kirby is one of those legislators whose campaign gets most of its money from other legislators. They’ve given him nearly $90,000 since 2011, or almost 60 percent of all his reported donations.

    Legislative website

    Campaign website

    Voting record

    Born: 1961

    Political career

    • Elected to the House in a 2012 special election runoff, 52-48%.
    • Re-elected with 68% in the 2012 primary and 75% in the 2014 general election.
    • Won his 2016 Republican primary, 75-25%.

    Committees

    • Appropriations (2015 – present)
    • Human Relations & Aging (2011 – present)
    • Industry and Labor (2011 – present)
    • Regulated Industries
    • Retirement (2015 – present)
    • Special Rules (2015 – present)
    • Agriculture & Consumer Affairs (2011 – 2016)
    • Small Business Development (2013 – 2016)

    Employment

    • Human resources safety manager, KPS Global LLC, commercial coolers and freezers.

    Business ownership interests

    • None disclosed.

    Other fiduciary positions

    • None disclosed.

    Other investments

    • None disclosed.

    Real estate holdings

    • Personal residence in Walton County valued at $256,000.
    • Parents’ residence in Winchester, Ky., valued at $197,000.

    Payments from state agencies

    • None disclosed.

    Campaign contributions

    Kirby has raised more than $152,000 in political donations since 2012. The breakdown by election cycle:

    • 2012 special election: $5,400
    • 2012 general election: $53,600
    • 2013-14: $47,440
    • 2015-16: $46,275
    • Reported cash on hand (April 2016): $4,530

    Top donors

    • $89,850 House Speaker David Ralston & other Republican lawmakers
    • $2,600 Georgia Association of Realtors
    • $2,500 Peachtree Pest Control, Norcross, Ga.
    • $2,264 Rick Baxter, Monroe, Ga., owner Appalachian Mountain Solutions, tax collection
    • $2,150 Georgia Dental Association
    • $2,000 Georgia Trial Lawyers Association
    • $1,700 Georgia Society of Anesthesiologists
    • $1,650 Georgia Apartment Association
    • $1,401 Georgia Association of Manufacturers

    Campaign selfies

    Kirby’s campaign reimbursed his wife Rosemary for $3,795 in expenses without specifying the end recipient as required by state law. He’s also used campaign funds to pay a $1,302 medical bill for a dog bite received while campaigning; a $284 dry-cleaning bill; $180 to repair some boots; and $158 for his prestige legislative license plate.

    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. Kirby’s campaign made these donations:

    • 2013-14: $500
    Lobbyist freebies

    Since 2012, lobbyists have reported paying more than $1,400 for meals and other gifts for Kirby. The big spenders:
    • Georgia Association of Manufacturers ($366)
    • Comcast ($234)
    • University System of Georgia ($166)

    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.

    • 2012: $2,283 (11 days)
    • 2013: $2,483 (12 days)
    • 2014: $2,834 (14 days)
    • 2015: $5,735 (25 days)

     Updated Jan. 15, 2017

     

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