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Rep. Beth Beskin (HD 54)
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Elizabeth Alford Beskin (R-Atlanta)
District 54 (Fulton County)
Beth Beskin’s two most generous blocs of donors are the Thomas family, owners of Atlanta-based Arrow Exterminators, and the physicians of Peachtree Orthopaedic Clinic, where her husband is an orthopedic surgeon. Arrow’s PAC and the extended Thomas family have given more than $44,000 to her campaign; the company’s board chairman, Joe Thomas, hosted her 2014 campaign kickoff.
Beskin’s personal financial disclosures have not listed her affiliation with the law firm of Cohen Cooper Estep & Allen LLC, where she focuses on family law & estate planning. Beskin’s LinkedIn profile says she’s been a partner at the firm since 2011.
- Ran for state Senate in 2010, losing 64-36% to incumbent Horacena Tate.
- Started a campaign fund for the Senate seat eventually won by Hunter Hill, but dropped out before qualifying.
- Elected to the House in 2014 with 59% of the vote over two opponents, having avoided a GOP primary runoff when candidate John McCloskey withdrew.
- Re-elected 61-39% in 2016 over Democratic 2014 challenger Bob Gibeling.
- Education (2015 – present)
- Judiciary (2015 – present)
- MARTA Oversight (2015 – present)
- Regulated Industries (2017 – )
- State Planning & Community Affairs (2015 – present)
- UNDISCLOSED Partner, Cohen Cooper Estep & Allen LLC, practicing family law & estate planning.
Business ownership interests
- President, Elizabeth A. Beskin P.C., legal services.
Other fiduciary positions
- Board member, Brandon Neighborhood Association.
Real estate holdings
- Personal residence in Atlanta valued at $1,085,000.
- Vacation cottage in Pine Mountain valued at $90,000.
- Spouse: Undeveloped lot in McIntosh County valued at $40,000.
- General Electric Co.
- Habersham Partners 33 LLC
- Home Depot Inc.
- Starbucks Corp.
- The Southern Co.
- Spouse: Bristol Myers Squibb
- Spouse: Exxon Mobil
- Spouse: Iberia Bancshares
- Numerous mutual funds & municipal bonds
Payments from state agencies
- None disclosed.
Friends & family
- Deborah Silcox, the GOP’s 2016 nominee in House District 52, was Beskin’s 2014 campaign chairman. Their husbands are both surgeons at Peachtree Orthopaedic Clinic.
Beskin has raised more than $446,000 in political donations and put more than $89,000 of her money into her campaigns. The breakdown by election cycle:
- 2010: $76,721
- 2011-12: $9,150 (all refunded to donors)
- 2013-24: $190,490
- 2015-16: $169,072
- Reported cash on hand (Oct. 2016): $104,738
- $68,400 Rep. Butch Parrish & other Republican lawmakers
- $44,279 Arrow Exterminators, executives & extended families
- $37,300 Peachtree Orthopaedic Clinic & physicians
- $6,025 Beaconcast Media Companies Inc. & owners (advertising)
- $5,800 Georgia Trial Lawyers Association & president-elect Adam Malone
- $5,000 Select Management Resources LLC, title-pawn lender
- $4,500 Georgia Orthopaedic Society
- $4,100 AT&T
- $3,711 Warner, Mayoue, Bates & McGough, law firm
- $3,650 Resurgens P.C. & physicians
- $3,400 George Fryhofer III, Atlanta, Ga., attorney Butler Wooten & Fryhofer LLP
Beskin’s campaign reimbursed her for $983 in expenses in 2010 without identifying the end recipient as required by state law.
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. Beskin’s campaign made these donations:
- 2015-16: $650
Since 2014, lobbyists have reported paying more than $2,900 for meals and other gifts for Beskin. The big spenders:
- $1,097 Georgia Chamber of Commerce
- $111 Georgia Hotel & Lodging Association
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.
- 2015: $2,765 (14 days)
Updated Nov. 9, 2016