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    Rep. Rich Golick (HD 40): Insurance industry loves him

     

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    Richard Marshall Golick (R-Smyrna)

     

    District 40 (Cobb County)

     

    Rich Golick

    Rich Golick

    As regional counsel for Allstate, Rich Golick knows insurance. And, campaign finance records show, Big Insurance knows him.

    Since Golick’s first run for office in 1998, insurance interests have chipped in more than $376,000 — roughly one-third of all his political donations — to elect and keep him in office. Top donors include Allstate (of course), State Farm, GEICO, the American Insurance Association and BlueCross BlueShield.

    Legislative website

    Campaign website

    Voting record

    Born: 1966

    Political career

    • Elected to the House in 1998 after unseating Rep. Frank Bradford, 54-46%, in the GOP primary.
    • Re-elected eight times since then, either without opposition or with at least 53% of the vote.
    • Re-elected 53.5-46.5% over Democrat Erick Allen in 2016. (Golick beat Allen 60-40% in 2014.)
    • Served as a floor leader for Gov. Sonny Perdue, 2004-08.
    • Ran for speaker pro tem in 2009, losing the Republican Caucus vote to Rep. Jan Jones.

    Committee assignments

    • Appropriations (2005 – present)
    • Insurance (1999 – present)
    • Judiciary (2007 – 2008, 2017 -; ex-officio, 2011 – 2016)
    • Judiciary Non-Civil (chair, 2009 – present)
    • Reapportionment (2017 – )
    • Regulated Industries (2003 – 2004, 2013 – present)
    • Rules (2005 – 2008, 2011 – present)
    • Retirement (2005 – 2012)
    • Special Judiciary (1999 – 2002)
    • State Institutions & Property (1999 – 2004)

    Occupation

    • Attorney. Southeast regional counsel for Allstate Insurance Co.

    Business ownership interests

    • None disclosed.

    Other fiduciary positions

    • None disclosed.

    Investment interests

    • None disclosed.

    Real estate holdings

    • Personal residence in Smyrna valued at $389,000.
    • Single-family residence in Fannin County valued at $137,000.

    Payments from state agencies

    • None disclosed.

    Friends & family

    • Golick’s wife, Maria Golick, is a judge of Cobb County State Court, appointed by Gov. Sonny Perdue in 2004. He was one of Perdue’s House floor leaders at the time.
    • Golick was an early supporter of former Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine‘s 2010 bid for governor, being named his statewide co-chair in 2008.

    Campaign contributions

    Golick has raised more than $1.1 million in political donations since 1998. He and his wife have also put more than $40,000 of personal funds into his campaigns. The breakdown by election cycle:

    • 1998: $37,604
    • 1999-2000: $30,130
    • 2001-02: $99,230
    • 2003-04: $146,875
    • 2005-06: $154,468
    • 2007-08: $144,900
    • 2009-10: $122,093
    • 2011-12: $94,139
    • 2013-14: $138,899
    • 2015-16: $156,075
    • Reported cash on hand (Oct. 2016): $105,595

    Top donors

    • $60,650 House Speaker David Ralston & other Republican lawmakers
    • $37,050 Allstate Insurance Co.
    • $32,100 Georgia Trial Lawyers Association & leadership
    • $27,500 State Farm Insurance
    • $25,900 GEICO
    • $23,200 Georgia Association of Realtors
    • $21,587 American Insurance Association
    • $21,360 Independent Insurance Agents of Georgia
    • $21,150 BlueCross BlueShield of Georgia / Amerigroup
    • $18,800 Lance A. Cooper, Marietta, Ga., trial attorney
    • $18,050 Georgia Beer Wholesalers Association
    • $17,750 United Healthcare Services Inc., Minneapolis, Minn.
    • $13,800 The Travelers Companies & St. Paul Insurance
    • $13,750 United Services Automobile Association
    • $13,500 Georgia Apartment Association
    • $12,250 Medical Association of Georgia
    • $12,000 John A. Isakson & Tarpon Development LLC
    • $11,350 United Distributors Inc. & executives
    • $11,250 Georgia Association of Health Plans
    • $11,250 Property Casualty Insurers Association of America
    • $10,750 Aetna
    • $10,250 Georgia Dental Association
    • $9,750 The Hartford Insurance Co.
    • $9,600 AT&T / BellSouth
    • $9,000 Liberty Mutual Insurance Co.
    • $8,700 Troutman Sanders LLP, law/lobbying firm
    • $8,500 AFLAC
    • $8,250 Associated General Contractors of Georgia
    • $7,950 Nationwide Insurance Co.
    • $7,500 MAG Mutual Insurance Co.
    • $7,250 Georgia Hospital Association
    • $7,250 Humana Inc.
    • $7,000 Fireman’s Fund Insurance Co.
    • $6,800 Mercury General Corp., auto insurance
    • $6,500 American Council of Life Insurers
    • $6,500 Chevron Corp.
    • $6,450 Georgia Pharmacy Association
    • $6,350 Professional Insurance Agents of Georgia
    • $6,250 Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of Georgia
    • $6,010 Atlanta Check Cashers & executives Carl & Rachel Franco
    • $5,975 Community Bankers Association of Georgia
    • $5,800 Reed Elsevier Inc. / ChoicePoint
    • $5,750 Coca-Cola & the Georgia Beverage Association
    • $5,200 Holland & Knight
    • $5,100 Georgia Association of Professional Bondsmen
    • $5,001 Georgia Automobile Dealers Association
    • $5,000 Doctors Insurance Co., Napa, Calif.

    Campaign-to-campaign donations

    Candidates may make political donations with campaign funds, allowing prolific fund-raisers to share their contributions with other legislators or candidates. Some advocacy groups believe such transfers should be limited to an aggregate of $10,000 per election cycle. Golick’s committee made these political donations:

    • 1998: $5,880
    • 1999-2000: $10,150
    • 2001-02: $3,673
    • 2003-04: $13,000
    • 2005-06: $23,694
    • 2007-08: $7,752
    • 2009-10: $6,000
    • 2011-12: $16,500
    • 2013-14: $11,550
    • 2015-16: $3,800

    Lobbyist gifts

    Lobbyists have reported paying for meals and other gifts for Golick valued at more than $20,000 since 2006. The big spenders:

    • $9,642 Independent Insurance Agents of Georgia
    • $2,617 State Bar of Georgia
    • $1,039 Georgia World Congress Center Authority
    • $677 Atlanta Regional Commission
    • $469 AFLAC

    Committee days & travel expenses

    When the Legislature is out of session, members may collect $173 per diem plus mileage ($128 until 2007) for attending a committee meeting or conducting other official business. Lawmakers living within 50 miles of the Capitol are taxed on these payments, which were originally intended to cover out-of-town members’ food and lodging.

    • 2001: $2,501 (18 days)
    • 2002: $1,310 (10 days)
    • 2003: $1,648 (12 days)
    • 2004: $4,843 (36 days)
    • 2005: $9,113 (66 days) #8 in House
    • 2006: $7,997 (58 days) #9 in House
    • 2007: $12,800 (69 days) #9 in House
    • 2008: $9,505 (51 days) #17 in House
    • 2009: $9,636 (52 days) #14 in House
    • 2010: $8,566 (46 days) #10 in House
    • 2011: $5,515 (29 days)
    • 2012: $8,387 (45 days)
    • 2013: $4,207 (23 days)
    • 2014: $940 (5 days)
    • 2015: $4,840 (27 days)

    Updated Jan. 15, 2017

     

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