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    Sen. Elena Parent (SD 42)

     

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    Elena Catherine Parent (D-Atlanta)

     

    Senate District 42 (DeKalb County)

    Members of Atlanta’s legal community — led by the firm of Sutherland Asbill & Brennan, where she was an associate from 2002 to 2008 — are Elena Parent’s biggest backers. They’ve kicked in more than $221,000 in campaign donations, nearly 40 percent of her total.

    Parent has also received more than $26,000 from Home Depot, where her husband was once deputy general counsel, and current and former executives.

    Legislative website

    Campaign website

    Voting record

    Born: 1975

    Political career

    • Served as legislative aide to state Sen. David Adelman in 2009.
    • Elected in 2010 to the House, 52-48%, unseating GOP incumbent Jill Chambers; did not seek re-election.
    • Elected in 2014 to the Senate , 74-26%.
    • Re-elected 77-23% in 2016 over Republican candidate Kenneth Quarterman.

    Committee assignments

    • Education & Youth (2017 – )
    • Government Oversight (2015 – present)
    • Judiciary (2017 – )
    • Special Judiciary (2015 – present)
    • Judiciary Non-Civil (2015 – 2016)
    • Science and Technology (2015 – 2016)

    House committee assignments

    • Children & Youth (2011 – 2012)
    • Code Revision (2011 – 2012)
    • Defense & Veterans Affairs (2011 – 2012)

    Occupation

    • Attorney, self-employed.
    • Former executive director, Georgia Watch, consumer advocacy.

    Business ownership interests

    • SPOUSE: Officer, SiteOne Landscape Supply LLC (formerly John Deere Landscape).

    Other fiduciary positions

    • Advisory board member, Olmstead Linear Park Alliance.

    Investment interests

    • Abbott Laboratories
    • Canadian PAC Railway
    • Celgene Corp.
    • FedEx Corp.
    • General Dynamics Co.
    • Halliburton Co. Holding
    • Honeywell International Inc.
    • Johnson & Johnson
    • Juno Therapeutics
    • Kite Pharma Inc.
    • PepsiCo Inc.
    • The Home Depot
    • Union Pacific Corp.
    • VISA Inc.
    • Walt Disney Co.

    Real estate holdings

    • Personal residence in Atlanta valued at $1.25 million.

    Payments from state agencies

    • None disclosed.

    Campaign contributions

    Parent has raised more than $571,000 in political donations and loaned her campaigns about $13,800. It still owes her $5,500. The breakdown by election cycle:

    • 2009-10: $198,066
    • 2011-12: $25,610
    • 2014: $254,938
    • 2015-16: $93,326
    • Reported cash on hand (Oct. 2016): $79,221

    Top donors

    • $44,649 ex-Gov. Roy Barnes & Democratic legislators
    • $39,410 lawyers at Sutherland Asbill Brennan
    • $25,800 Georgia Trial Lawyers Association & leadership
    • $21,550 Home Depot & executives
    • $11,602 lawyers at Dentons US/McKenna Long Aldridge LLP
    • $11,250 Georgia’s WIN List and board members
    • $9,350 lawyers at Bondurant Mixson & Elmore LLP
    • $8,650 lawyers at Greenberg Traurig LLP
    • $5,800 International Brotherhood of Teamsters
    • $5,650 lawyers at Taylor English Duma LLP
    • $5,250 lawyers at Carlton Fields P.A.
    • $5,200 Sara Smith, entrepreneur One on One Matchmaking
    • $5,000 Frank L. Fernandez, CEO Wynthrop Rhodes, private equity consulting firm
    • $4,635 lawyers at Troutman Sanders LLP
    • $4,500 lawyers at King & Spalding LLP
    • $3,750 International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers
    • $3,500 Georgia Association of Educators
    • $3,400 Jeff Romig, Atlanta, Ga., executive director VOX Teen Communications
    • $3,375 Krista Brewer, Atlanta, Ga., retired journalist
    • $3,350 David Moskowitz, attorney Morgan & Morgan P.A.
    • $3,300 Jill Manley, Decatur, Ga., interior designer

    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. Parent’s committee made these political donations:

    • 2009-10: $88,125
    • 2011-12: $8,950
    • 2013-14: $2,950
    • 2015-16: $6,000

    Friends and family

    • Parent’s husband, L. Briley Brisendine Jr., was formerly deputy general counsel of Home Depot.

    Lobbyist freebies

    Lobbyists reported paying for meals and other gifts for Parent valued at more than $3,300. The big spenders:

    • $898 Students First
    • $549 Georgia Chamber of Commerce

    The American Legislative Exchange Council in 2011 also gave Parent a $1,049 “scholarship” to defray costs of attending ALEC functions. Corporate donors that employ lobbyists in Georgia fund the scholarships, but the payments generally are not disclosed since ALEC has no lobbyists registered in its name here.

    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.

    • 2011: $2,363 (13 days)
    • 2012: $705 (4 days)
    • 2015: $4,421 (24 days)

    Updated Jan. 10, 2017

     

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