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Rep. John Yates (HD 73)

 

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John Phillip Yates (R-Griffin)

District 73 (Spalding, Fayette & Henry counties)

John P. Yates

John P. Yates

Never a prolific fund-raiser, Rep. John Yates has leaned more than ever this year on his House colleagues for campaign funds. They gave him $31,500 from April to June, or nearly 80% of all his donations during that period. Since 1998, more than one-third of all his contributions have come from other legislators.

Yates will need more cash, though, as he spent almost all he had on the May 24 primary. As of July 1, he had just $2,288 in the bank — $9,000 less than his chiropractor-backed opponent, Karen Mathiak.

Legislative website

Voting record

Born: 1921

Political career

  • Served on the Sunnyside, Ga., City Council, from 1948 to 1954.
  • Elected to the House in 1988, defeating incumbent Rep. John Mostiler. Lost 1990 re-election bid by just 21 votes to Crisp Flynt, son of former Congressman John Flynt.
  • Elected to the House again in 1992. Re-elected 11 times since then, generally unopposed or winning with at least 60% of the vote.
  • Polled 49% in the May 2016 Republican primary, falling 51 votes short of a majority; lost the runoff 56-44% to challenger Karen Mathiak.

Committee assignments

  • Appropriations (1995 – present )
  • Defense & Veterans Affairs (chair, 2005 – present)
  • Motor Vehicles (1993 – present)
  • Reapportionment (1993 – present)
  • Game, Fish & Parks (1989 – 1990)
  • Health & Ecology (1989 – 1990)
  • Human Relations & Aging (1993 – 1994)
  • Transportation (1989 – 1990)

Employment

  • Retired distribution manager, Ford Motor Co. auto parts.

Business ownership interests

  • None disclosed.

Other fiduciary positions

  • None disclosed.

Real estate holdings

  • Personal residence on 60 acres in Griffin valued at $427,000.
  • Rental house in Griffin valued at $90,000.

Other investments

  • None disclosed.

Payments from state agencies

  • None disclosed.

Disclosure issues

Yates paid a $125 late fee for a campaign disclosure in 2012 and still owes a $125 fee for missing a 2013 deadline for his personal financial disclosure, according to the state ethics commission’s website.

Campaign contributions

Yates has raised more than $173,000 in political donations since 1998. The breakdown by election cycle:

  • 1998: $1,950
  • 1999-2000: $19,670
  • 1998: $2,350
  • 2001-02: $9,008
  • 2003-04: $7,485
  • 2005-06: $26,598
  • 2007-08: $35,149
  • 2009-10: $15,900
  • 2011-12: $2,800
  • 2013-14: $13,825
  • 2015-16: $40,300
  • Reported cash on hand (July 2016): $2,288

Top donors

  • $63,289 House Speaker David Ralston & other Republican lawmakers
  • $5,750 Georgia Optometric Association
  • $4,800 Georgia Association of Realtors
  • $4,451 Georgia Automobile Dealers Association
  • $4,100 Georgia Industrial Loan Association
  • $3,500 Associated General Contractors of Georgia
  • $2,850 Georgia Dental Association
  • $2,500 Home Builders Association of Georgia
  • $2,000 Georgia Association of Manufacturers

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. Yates’ campaign made these donations:

  • 1998: $750
  • 2000: $1,760
  • 2001-02: $4,000
  • 2003-04: $5,356
  • 2005-06: $12,900
  • 2007-08: $706
  • 2011-12: $1,000
  • 2013-14: $600
Lobbyist freebies

Since 2006, lobbyists have reported paying more than $4,000 for meals and other gifts for Yates, including more than $2,200 in football tickets. (Since 2014, state law has barred lobbyists from giving tickets to legislators.) The big spenders:
  • $1,428 Georgia World Congress Center Authority
  • $977 University System of Georgia
  • $411 Georgia Association of Manufacturers
  • $144 Georgia Independent Automobile Dealers Association
  • $109 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. (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.

  • 2001: $4,436 (29 days)
  • 2002: $2,855 (20 days)
  • 2003: $2,517 (17 days)
  • 2004: $3,185 (22 days)
  • 2005: $7,499 (50 days) #16 in the House
  • 2006: $8,561 (54 days) #12 in the House
  • 2007: $8,591 (42 days)
  • 2008: $8,178 (39 days)
  • 2009: $9,539 (46 days) #18 in the House
  • 2010: $4,499 (22 days)
  • 2011: $8,860 (39 days)
  • 2012: $6,937 (34 days)
  • 2013: $6,436 (31 days)
  • 2014: #3,781 (18 days)
  • 2015: $4,520 (22 days)

 Updated July 27, 2016

 

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