Jay Neal To Leave House For Department Of Corrections

Governor Nathan Deal has appointed HD2 Representative Jay Neal to lead the State’s reentry program at the GA Department of Corrections. Neal, first elected in 2004, chairs the State Properties Committee in the House. Neal led Georgia’s recent Criminal Justice Reform effort and is the Director of a faith based recovery facility in NW GA. This appointment represents a continuation of the work Neal has become known for in the State House.  Neal will resign his house seat to accept the appointment, setting up a special election.

20 plus year Lafayette Mayor Neal Florence is looking at the seat.

We can also expect a run from former Chickamauga City Councilman Steve Tarvin. Tarvin ran for Congress against Tom Graves twice, then primaried  Rep. Neal in 2010. However, in the last 12 months Steve has seen the closure of his business which may affect his desire to continue his political aspirations.

HD2 covers most of eastern Walker County, southern Catoosa County, and a small portion of western Whitfield.


  1. GOPGrassroots says:

    I believe he also sold some of his NW GA land holdings to the State of Georgia for ~$300,000.00.

    A move like that would make a run for this office surprising, but who knows?

      • Steve Tarvin says:

        Joins Pigeon Mtn WMA.. DNR is looking to buy more tracts at a discounted price, you might contact those potential sellers and inform them they should not sell if they’re ever considering a run public office, co-operation with wildlife management for conservation is a bad thing.

        • Napoleon says:

          Steve, you evil, evil person wanting to protect all of those trees and squirrels and stuff AND actually get money for that property. If you were going to sell the land for something like money instead of bowing to the all powerful state and handing them the land free of charge, like all of these other PP readers would have, well you should have sold it to some logging company or something.

  2. northside101 says:

    One of the most Republican/conservative districts in the state. Romney got 76 percent here last fall. In the March 2012 presidential primary, social conservative Rick Santorum polled 28 percent in the district, one of the few State House districts in Georgia where he polled over 25 percent. (Romney got only 15 percent in the district in that primary.) In 2010 general election, Isakson 77 percent, Deal and Cagle 75, Secretary of State Kemp 76 percent.

  3. northside101 says:

    And (in terms of special elections), those seeking higher office. Barry Loudermilk resigned his Senate seat to run for Phil Gingrey’s congressional seat (11th District), and Donna Sheldon resigned her House seat to run for Paul Broun’s congressional seat (10th District). Of course also had unfortunately the death of Cherokee Rep. Calvin Hill earlier this week, and John Bulloch left his southwest Georgia Senate seat about a year ago for health reasons. When you have as Georgia does a General Assembly with 236 members (with both the largest House and Senate chambers of any southern state), pretty likely there will be at least a few vacancies during a given two-year term.

  4. Dave Bearse says:

    Georgia is third in size in each of three categories: House, Senate, and combined House and Senate.

    Georgia is third in the House and combined House and Senate behind NH with 400, PA with 203, in their Houses. MN has 67, and IL 59 Senators.

  5. northside101 says:

    Dave, Amen…as some historical trivia (to show the disparity in population among Georgia counties), in the 1980 upset of Democratic Senator Herman Talmadge by Republican Mack Mattingly, Talmadge actually carried 130 of the state’s 159 counties (82 percent of the total number), yet still lost to Mattingly because the latter won almost all of the major urban counties—even (shocking by today’s standards), DeKalb and Fulton Counties. I don’t know of any other general election in Georgia in which the losing candidate won so many counties. Today, you basically have a situation where the 12 largest voting counties in Georgia are about equal to the other combined 147 counties; just four metro Atlanta counties combined (Cobb, DeKalb, Fulton and Gwinnett) account for about a third of the state’s total votes. In the 2010 census, the state’s least populated county, Taliaferro (near Lake Oconee) had barely 1,700 people, while the most populous, Fulton, had about 920,000 people.

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