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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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