State Government

 State Of Georgia

Website: www.georgia.gov

 Executive Branch

The executive branch consists of the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and other statewide elected officials and agencies serving under the Governor.

The Governor is the chief executive of the state of Georgia.  Like the president, he or she is limited to two four-year terms.  The Lieutenant Governor is similar to the Vice President.  He or she is president of the State Senate and becomes Governor is there is a vacancy in the Governor’s Office.

  • The Governor does not choose a running mate. The Lieutenant Governor runs separately from the Governor and can be elected even if he or she is from a different political party.
  • The Lieutenant Governor can serve multiple terms.

 

Governor Nathan Deal

Office of the Governor

206 Washington Street

111 State Capitol

Atlanta, Georgia 30334

Phone: 1.404.656.1776

Fax: 1.404.657.7332

Website: www.gov.georgia.gov

Year Entered Office: 2011

Next Election: 2018

 

Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle

Office of the Lieutenant Governor

240 State Capitol

Atlanta, GA 30334

Phone: 1.404.656.5030

Fax: 1.404.656.6739

Website: www.ltgov.georgia.gov

Year Entered Office: 2007

Next Election: 2018

 

The governor appoints many agency heads, but some cabinet level officials are elected statewide.  These offices include:

 

Secretary Of State Brian Kemp

Office of the Secretary of State

214 State Capitol

Atlanta, GA 30334

Phone: 1.844.753.7825

Fax: 1.404.656.0513

Website: www.sos.ga.gov

Year Entered Office: 2010

Next Election: 2018

The responsibilities of the office of the Secretary of State include conducting secure, accessible and fair elections, the registration of corporations, the oversight and regulation of securities and the administration of professional license holders.

 

Attorney General Sam Olens

Office of the Attorney General

40 Capitol Square, SW

Atlanta, GA 30334

Phone: 1.404.656.3300

Fax: 1.404.657.8733

Website: www.law.ga.gov

Year Entered Office: 2011

Next Election: 2018

The responsibilities of the office of the Attorney General include:

  • Serving as the attorney and legal advisor for all state agencies, departments, authorities and the Governor
  • Representing the State of Georgia in all capital felony appeals before the Supreme Court of Georgia
  • Representing the State of Georgia in all civil cases before any court
  • Representing the State of Georgia in all cases appearing before the Supreme Court of the United States
  • Prosecuting public corruption cases where criminal charges are filed against any person or business for illegal activity when dealing with the State of Georgia
  • Initiating civil or criminal actions on behalf of the State of Georgia when requested to do so by the Governor
  • Preparing all contracts and agreements regarding any matter in which the State of Georgia is involved

 

Labor Commissioner Mark Butler

Phone: 1.404.2323.7300

Website: www.dol.georgia.gov

Year Entered Office: 2011

Next Election: 2018

The office of the Labor Commissioner is responsible for overseeing the operations of the Georgia Department of Labor.

 

State School Superintendent Richard Woods

205 Jessee Hill Jr. Drive SE

Atlanta, GA 30334

Phone: 1.404.657.1175

Fax: 1.404.651.8737

Website: www.gadoe.org

Year Entered Office: 2015

Next Election: 2018

Working alongside the Georgia Board of Education, the State School Superintendent provides statewide leadership for the public schools of Georgia.

 

Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black

19 Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive, SW

Atlanta, GA 30334

Phone: 1.404.656.3600

Website: www.agr.georgia.gov

Year Entered Office: 2011

Next Election: 2018

The office of the Agriculture Commissioner is responsible for protecting and promoting agriculture and consumer interests, and ensuring an abundance of safe food and fiber for Georgia, America, and the world by using state-of-the-art technology and a professional workforce.

 

Insurance And Safety Fire Commissioner Ralph T. Hudgens

2 Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive

West Tower, Suite 704

Atlanta, GA 30334

Phone: 1.404.656.2070

Fax: 1.404.657.8542

Website: www.oci.ga.gov

Year Entered Office: 2011

Next Election: 2018

The office of the Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner is responsible for regulating approximately 1,600 insurance companies, licensing 137,000 insurance agents, and regulating over 1,000 industrial loan offices.

 

The Legislative Branch

The legislative branch, also called the Georgia General Assembly, consists of:

 

  • The State Senate (56 members)
  • The House of Representatives (180 members)

Legislators serve local districts and are elected to two-year terms.  There are no term limits.  They meet annually for a 40-day session, usually lasting between January and April.

During the session, legislators submit and pass bills and resolutions that affect the state of Georgia, and pass the state’s budget for the next fiscal year.  The Governor must sign these bills before they become law.

Putnam County is part of the Georgia State Senate District 25 (Covering Baldwin, Greene, Jasper, Morgan, and Putnam counties, and parts of Jones and Walton counties).

 

District 25 Senator Burt Jones

Capitol Address:

327-A Coverdell Legislative Office Building

Atlanta, GA 30334

Phone: 1.404.656.0082

District Address:

407 East Second Street

Jackson, GA 30233

Phone: 1.770.775.4880

Fax: 1.770.234.6752

Year Entered Office: 2013

Next Election: 2016

 

Putnam County is part of two districts of the House of Representatives.  District 120 includes Greene, Oglethorpe, Taliaferro, and parts of Putnam and Wilkes counties).  District 145 includes Baldwin and part of Putnam County.

 

District 120 Representative Trey Rhoades

Capitol Address:

612-B Coverdell Legislative Office Building

Atlanta, GA 30334

Phone: 1.404.656.0325

District Address:

103 West 2nd Street

Greensboro, GA 30642

Year Entered Office: 2015

Next Election: 2016

 

District 145 Representative E. Culver “Rusty” Kidd

Capitol Address:

507-A Coverdell Legislative Office Building

Atlanta, GA 30334

Phone: 1.404.656.0202

District Address:

102 South Wayne Street

Milledgeville, GA 31061

Phone: 1.478.452.1354

Fax: 1.478.452.3493

Year Entered Office: 2009

Next Election: 2016

 

The Judicial Branch

 

The judicial branch consists of six different courts that hear cases:

 

  • Municipal Court (Ordinance violations, traffic citations)
  • Magistrate Court (Warrants, minor offenses)
  • Probate Court (Wills, estates, and marriage licenses)
  • Juvenile Court (Crimes and cases involving juveniles)
  • State Court (Civil cases and misdemeanors)
  • Superior Court (Civil cases, divorce, felonies)

 

There are also several avenues for appealing decisions in these lower courts:

 

  • Court of Appeals
  • Georgia Supreme Court