Rick Austin (politician)

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Rick Austin
Member of the Georgia House of Representatives
from the 10th district
In office
2009 – September 2011 [1]
Preceded byBenjamin D. Bridges, Sr.
Personal details
BornJune 6, 1966 (1966-06-06) (age 46)
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Jennifer Austin
ChildrenSloan
Brice
ResidenceDemorest, Georgia
Alma materPiedmont College, Georgia, Auburn University, Alabama, University of Mississippi[2]
OccupationBiology Professor, Piedmont College
CommitteesChildren & Youth, Education, Motor Vehicles, Ways & Means
WebsiteGeorgia General Assembly - Rick Austin
 
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Rick Austin
Member of the Georgia House of Representatives
from the 10th district
In office
2009 – September 2011 [1]
Preceded byBenjamin D. Bridges, Sr.
Personal details
BornJune 6, 1966 (1966-06-06) (age 46)
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Jennifer Austin
ChildrenSloan
Brice
ResidenceDemorest, Georgia
Alma materPiedmont College, Georgia, Auburn University, Alabama, University of Mississippi[2]
OccupationBiology Professor, Piedmont College
CommitteesChildren & Youth, Education, Motor Vehicles, Ways & Means
WebsiteGeorgia General Assembly - Rick Austin

Rick Austin was a Republican member of the Georgia State House of Representatives, he represented the 10th District from January 12, 2009 until September 2011.[1][3] Previously, he was a member of the Habersham County, Georgia, Board of Commissioners for three years.[4] District 10 of the Georgia House of Representatives encompasses all of Habersham County and parts of White County.

In the 2009 election, he ran unopposed in the general election.[5] Austin is a biology professor at Piedmont College in Demorest, Georgia, his hometown. In 2011 Austin attempted a bid for the Georgia State Senate District 50,[1] and ultimately lost.

Austin got into politics to reform education in Georgia.[6] His wife, Jennifer, is a fourth grade teacher at Demorest Elementary.[5] Austin is a supporter of the CRCT test as a requirement for students to pass their grade. In 2009, he supported a bill to force first and second grade students to take the CRCT to pass.[7]

Austin is also a camp director for Piedmont College's bug camp. The camp exposes local children to the different insects that call Northeast Georgia their home.[8]

References

  1. ^ a b c Gill, Jeff (2011-09-26). "Mills’ House seat draws two potential candidates". Gainesville Times. http://www.gainesvilletimes.com/archives/56678/. Retrieved 8 January 2012. 
  2. ^ "Republican Rick Austin announces for State House". Press Release (PeachPundit.com). 2008-02-26. http://www.peachpundit.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/03/rick-austin-campaign-announcement-news-release.pdf. Retrieved 2009-06-21. 
  3. ^ "Representative Rick Austin". Georgia General Assembly. 2009-01-12. http://www.legis.state.ga.us/legis/2009_10/house/bios/austinRick/austinRick.htm. Retrieved 2009-06-21. 
  4. ^ Shipp, Bill (2008-09-26). "Habersham Commissioner Announces For Bridges’ Legislative Seat". InsiderAdvantage Georgia. http://www.insideradvantagegeorgia.com/restricted/2008/February%202008/2-26-08/Campaign_News221619645.php. Retrieved 2009-06-21. 
  5. ^ a b Suda, Tim; Rebekah Scruggs (2008-11-03). "Piedmont staff on the ballot". The Navigator (`). http://media.www.piedmontnavigator.com/media/storage/paper524/news/2008/11/03/Connections/Piedmont.Staff.On.The.Ballot-3521357-page2.shtml. Retrieved 2009-06-21. 
  6. ^ "Representative Rick Austin Introduces Education Reform Package". Press Release. The Boiled Peanut. 2009-02-19. http://theboiledpeanut.com/wordpress/?p=1115. Retrieved 2009-06-21. [dead link]
  7. ^ Lewis, Jon (2009-02-23). "New CRCT Requirements?". WSB Radio (Cox Radio, Inc.). http://wsbradio.com/localnews/2009/02/new-crct-requirements.html. Retrieved 2009-06-21. 
  8. ^ Brown, Kimberly (2009-06-11). "Stalking the wild dragonfly". The Northeast Georgian (Community Newspapers, Inc.). http://www.thenortheastgeorgian.com/articles/2009/06/12/news/top_stories/04topstory.txt. Retrieved 2009-06-21. 

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