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Rep. Trey Kelley


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Leaders in the public sector have plenty of public resources to promote their political views, accomplishments and experience. Often the public record holds much more: personal and campaign finance disclosures, expense reports, and business, tax and court filings. Here’s what they show: 

Othel Doyle Kelley III (R-Cedartown)

District 20 (Polk, Bartow & Haralson counties)

Trey Kelley

Trey Kelley

 Legislative website

Campaign website

Voting record


Rep. Trey Kelley, a freshman who knocked off a three-term Democratic incumbent in 2012, has drawn nearly one-third of his financial support from other Republican legislators. Other major donors include principals in a Cedartown-based construction firm and Buchanan businessman Ronnie Ridley, former head of the Georgia Amusement and Music Operators Association.

 Political career

  • Former chair, Polk County Republican Party
  • Elected to the House in 2012, unseating three-term incumbent Rick Crawford, who had promised to switch to the GOP if he won, with 69% of the vote


  • Appropriations (ex-officio, 2017 – )
  • Code Revision (2013 – present)
  • Energy, Utilities & Telecommunication (2015 – present)
  • Health & Human Services (2015 – present)
  • Higher Education (2014 – present)
  • Judiciary (2013 – present)
  • Ways & Means (2015 – present)
  • Banks & Banking (2013 – 2016)


  • Marketing director, Walter C. Brooks Co., Austell, Ga., manufacturer of electro-mechanical motion products
  • Student, Georgia State University Law School

Business ownership interests

  • None disclosed

Other fiduciary positions

  • None disclosed

Real estate holdings

  • Personal residence in Cedartown valued at $59,000
  • Co-owner, rental property (condominium) in Rome valued at $38,000

Other investments

  • None disclosed.

Payments from state agencies

  • None disclosed

Campaign contributions

Donors gave $78,100 to Kelley’s campaign committee in 2012. Kelley also loaned the campaign $2,000, which it has repaid to him.

  • Reported cash on hand (Jan. 2013): $3,283

Top donors

  • $23,400 Reps. Tom Dickson, Don Parsons & other Republican legislators
  • $4,100 Hospitality Renovations LLC, Cedartown, Ga., & co-owners Jacqueline Peterson & John Clark
  • $4,000 Ronnie Ridley, Buchanan, Ga., owner of Rivercity Propane LLC & former CEO, Georgia Amusement & Music Operators Association
  • $4,000 Walter C. Brooks Co. Inc., Austell, Ga.
  • $1,800 Cedarchem LLC, Cedartown, Ga., water-treatment products, & sales representative Jo Jo Dooley
  • $1,500 J.L. Morgan & Co., lobbying firm

Campaign spending

  •  Kelley reimbursed himself in 2012 for $4,216 in campaign-related expenses, all of which he disclosed properly as to the purpose and end recipient of the money.

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. Kelley’s committee made no such contributions.

Lobbyist gifts

Since 2012, lobbyists have reported paying $91 for meals and other gifts for Kelley.

  • 2012: $50
  • 2013: $41

Committee days & travel expenses

When the Legislature is out of session, members may collect $173 per diem, plus mileage, 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. Here’s the annual breakdown, based on the year in which the expenses were paid:

  • 2013: $346 (2 days)
  • 2014: $2,812 (13 days)

Updated Jan. 15, 2017





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