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Georgia, State Representative, District 5

Georgia House of Representatives District 5
Current incumbentMatt Barton Republican Party

Georgia's fifth state house district is represented by Republican Representative Matt Barton.

Georgia state representatives represent an average of 53,820 residents. After the 2000 Census, each member represented 48,980 residents.

About the chamber

Members of the Georgia House of Representatives serve two-year terms and are not subject to term limits. Georgia legislators assume office the second Monday in January.

Qualifications

Paragraph 3 of Section 2 of Article 3 of the Georgia Constitution states, "At the time of their election, the members of the House of Representatives shall be citizens of the United States, shall be at least 21 years of age, shall have been citizens of this state for at least two years, and shall have been legal residents of the territory embraced within the district from which elected for at least one year."

Salaries

State legislators
SalaryPer diem
$17,342/year$173/day, set by the Legislative Services Committee.

Vacancies

If there is a vacancy in the house, the vacant seat must be filled by a special election. The Governor must declare a special election no later than 10 days after the vacancy happened. The election must be held no less than 30 days and no later than 60 days after the Governor calls for the election. The counties representing the vacant district are responsible for conducting the election.

Elections

2020

Elections for the office of Georgia House of Representatives will take place in 2020. The general election will be held on November 3, 2020. A primary is scheduled for May 19, 2020, and a primary runoff is scheduled for July 21, 2020. A runoff election is scheduled for December 1, 2020. The filing deadline is March 6, 2020.

2019

A special election for Georgia House of Representatives District 5 was called for January 8, 2019. A runoff took place on February 5, 2019. The candidate filing deadline was December 7, 2018.

The seat became vacant after the death of John D. Meadows III (R) on November 12, 2018.

General runoff
Special general runoff election for Georgia House of Representatives District 5

Matt Barton (R) defeated Jesse Vaughn (R) in the special general runoff election for Georgia House of Representatives District 5 on February 5, 2019.

Candidate
%
Votes

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Matt Barton (R)
55.0
1,712

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Jesse Vaughn (R)
45.0
1,400

Total votes: 3,112
General election
Special general election for Georgia House of Representatives District 5

The following candidates ran in the special general election for Georgia House of Representatives District 5 on January 8, 2019.

Candidate
%
Votes

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Jesse Vaughn (R)
33.7
1,187

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Matt Barton (R)
23.2
816

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J. Scott Tidwell (R)
21.0
739

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Larry Massey Jr. (R)
14.9
524

Brian Rosser (D)
4.6
163

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Steve Cochran (R)
2.6
92

Total votes: 3,521


2018

General election
General election for Georgia House of Representatives District 5

Incumbent John D. Meadows, III (R) defeated Brian Rosser (D) in the general election for Georgia House of Representatives District 5 on November 6, 2018.

Candidate
%
Votes

John D. Meadows, III (R)
81.6
12,914

Brian Rosser (D)
18.4
2,919

Total votes: 15,833
Democratic primary election
Democratic primary for Georgia House of Representatives District 5

Brian Rosser advanced from the Democratic primary for Georgia House of Representatives District 5 on May 22, 2018.

Candidate
%
Votes

Brian Rosser (D)
100
505

Total votes: 505
Republican primary election
Republican primary for Georgia House of Representatives District 5

Incumbent John D. Meadows, III advanced from the Republican primary for Georgia House of Representatives District 5 on May 22, 2018.

Candidate
%
Votes

John D. Meadows, III (R)
100
2,597

Total votes: 2,597


2016

Elections for the Georgia House of Representatives took place in 2016. The primary election took place on May 24, 2016, and the general election was held on November 8, 2016. The candidate filing deadline was March 11, 2016.

Incumbent John Meadows ran unopposed in the Georgia House of Representatives District 5 general election.

Georgia House of Representatives, District 5 General Election, 2016

Party Candidate Vote % Votes
Republican Green check mark transparent.png John Meadows Incumbent (unopposed) 100.00% 14,813
Total Votes 14,813
Source: Georgia Secretary of State


Incumbent John Meadows ran unopposed in the Georgia House of Representatives District 5 Republican primary.

Georgia House of Representatives, District 5 Republican Primary, 2016

Party Candidate
Republican Green check mark transparent.png John Meadows Incumbent (unopposed)

2014

Elections for the Georgia House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election took place on May 20, 2014, with runoff elections taking place where necessary on July 22, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 7, 2014. Incumbent John D. Meadows was unopposed in the Republican primary and was unchallenged in the general election.

2012

Elections for the office of Georgia House of Representatives consisted of a primary election on July 31, 2012, and a general election on November 6, 2012. The signature filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was May 25, 2012. Incumbent John D. Meadows, III (R) defeated Howard Johnson (D) in the general election. Neither candidate faced opposition in their primary.

Georgia House of Representatives, District 5, General Election, 2012

Party Candidate Vote % Votes
Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Meadows Incumbent 77.7% 11,302
Democratic Howard Johnson 22.3% 3,242
Total Votes 14,544

Campaign contributions

From 2004 to 2016, candidates for Georgia House of Representatives District 5 raised a total of $962,846. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $120,356 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Georgia House of Representatives District 5

Year Amount Candidates Average
2016 $251,561 1 $251,561
2014 $244,554 1 $244,554
2012 $277,774 2 $138,887
2010 $99,940 1 $99,940
2008 $41,030 1 $41,030
2006 $42,102 1 $42,102
2004 $5,885 1 $5,885
Total $962,846 8 $120,356