Bill Heath (politician)

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Bill Heath
Member of the Georgia Senate
from the 31st district
Incumbent
Assumed office
2005
Preceded byNathan Dean
Member of the Georgia House of Representatives
from the 18th district
In office
2003–2004
Preceded byTom Murphy
Succeeded byMark Butler
Personal details
Born(1959-10-20) October 20, 1959 (age 52)
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Susan
ChildrenWilliam, Sandy
ResidenceBremen, Georgia
Alma materSouthern Tech
Occupationfarmer, engineer
ReligionBaptist
 
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Bill Heath
Member of the Georgia Senate
from the 31st district
Incumbent
Assumed office
2005
Preceded byNathan Dean
Member of the Georgia House of Representatives
from the 18th district
In office
2003–2004
Preceded byTom Murphy
Succeeded byMark Butler
Personal details
Born(1959-10-20) October 20, 1959 (age 52)
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Susan
ChildrenWilliam, Sandy
ResidenceBremen, Georgia
Alma materSouthern Tech
Occupationfarmer, engineer
ReligionBaptist

Bill Heath is a Republican member of the Georgia State Senate currently in his third two-year term. He is currently the Senate Floor Leader for Governor Sonny Perdue. Prior to his election to the state senate, Heath served one two-year term in the Georgia House of Representatives.

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Political career

Bill Heath's first foray into electoral politics was in 2000, when he challenged Tom Murphy, the Democratic Speaker of the Georgia House of Representatives, for the 18th State House District. Despite the state Republican Party taking no initial interest in the race, a very competitive race would materialize. Heath would raise over $60,000, a very competitive sum for a State House race.[1] Aiding Heath was the ongoing shift in the district's demographics, with the district becoming more suburban and more Republican; Republican candidates for other offices had frequently won the district[2][3] Heath would lose the race by 505 votes, a margin of less than two percentage points.[4]

Election History

Election history of Bill Heath
YearOfficeElectionSubjectPartyVotes %OpponentPartyVotes %OpponentPartyVotes %
2000Georgia House, 18th DistrictPrimaryBill HeathRepublican627100.0
2000Georgia House, 18th DistrictGeneralBill HeathRepublican8,56258.1Tom Murphy (incumbent)Democratic2,06741.9
2002Georgia House, 18th DistrictPrimaryBill HeathRepublican2,989100.0
2002Georgia House, 18th DistrictGeneralBill HeathRepublican6,43153.9Tom Murphy (incumbent)Democratic5,49546.1
2004Georgia Senate, 31st DistrictPrimaryBill HeathRepublican5,21731.0James GarnerRepublican5,04630.0Mason RountreeRepublican6,54238.9
2004Georgia Senate, 31st DistrictPrimary RunoffBill HeathRepublican5,34250.6Mason RountreeRepublican5,21549.4
2004Georgia Senate, 31st DistrictGeneralBill HeathRepublican37,82265.1Lester TateDemocratic20,30234.9
2006Georgia Senate, 31st DistrictPrimaryBill Heath (incumbent)Republican6,200100.0
2006Georgia Senate, 31st DistrictGeneralBill Heath (incumbent)Republican25,87568.0Tracey BennettDemocratic12,15632.0
2008Georgia Senate, 31st DistrictPrimaryBill Heath (incumbent)Republican10,658100.0
2008Georgia Senate, 31st DistrictGeneralBill Heath (incumbent)Republican47,85966.5Tracey BennettDemocratic24,08633.5

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References

  1. ^ Chapman, Dan: "Taking on Mr. Speaker; A Political Newcomer is Giving Tom Murphy his Toughest Race in Years", p.1F, 2000
  2. ^ Pruitt, Kathey: "Showdown in Haralson: Legendary Speaker Murphy Faces Stiffest Challenge", p. 3D, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 2000.
  3. ^ Chapman, Dan: "Taking on Mr. Speaker; A Political Newcomer is Giving Tom Murphy his Toughest Race in Years", p.1F, 2000.
  4. ^ http://sos.georgia.gov/elections/election_results/2000_1107/0008900.htm