Rick W. Allen
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Georgia's 12th district
|Assumed office |
January 3, 2015
|Preceded by||John Barrow|
|Born||November 7, 1951|
Augusta, Georgia, U.S.
Robin Allen (m. 1975)
|Education||Auburn University (BS)|
Richard Wayne Allen (born November 7, 1951) is an American politician who serves Georgia's 12th congressional district in the United States House of Representatives. He took office on January 3, 2015.
U.S. House of Representatives
Allen ran in the Republican primary for the 12th district against three other candidates. Allen advanced to the runoff, but lost to State Representative Lee Anderson, 49.7% to 50.3%. Anderson went on to lose the general election to incumbent John Barrow.
Allen ran again in 2014, this time making it to the general election. Allen defeated Barrow in the November election, in a result considered an upset even though the 12th had been made significantly more Republican in redistricting.
Allen was re-elected with 62% of the vote in 2016.
After winning the Republican primary with 75.99% of the vote, Allen faces off in the 2018 general election against Democratic challenger, lawyer and pastor Francys Johnson.
- Committee on Agriculture
- Committee on Education and the Workforce
- Republican Study Committee
During a closed-door Republican meeting discussing an amendment that prohibited discrimination against LGBT workers, Allen read a Bible verse that says about homosexuals "they which commit such things are worthy of death." Allen told the assembled Republicans that they are "going to Hell" if they vote for the proposed anti-discrimination amendment.
After dozens were killed at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, Allen offered prayers to the family of the victims but refused to apologize or retract his past comments stating that homosexuals were "worthy of death."
- "Project Vote Smart – The Voter's Self Defense System". Project Vote Smart. Retrieved January 10, 2015.
- McCord, Susan (September 5, 2012). "Vote recount certifies Lee Anderson as winner of GOP runoff for U.S. District 12 seat". The Augusta Chronicle. Archived from the original on September 13, 2012. Retrieved August 7, 2018.
- Galloway, Jim (November 4, 2014). "Nunn, Carter, and Barrow defeated; Georgia's Democratic revolution is stillborn – Political Insider blog". Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved January 10, 2015.
- Davis, Janel (November 4, 2014). "Rick Allen upsets John Barrow for Georgia congressional seat". Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved January 10, 2015.
- Suggs, Ernie (July 23, 2017). "Georgia NAACP president steps down with an eye toward politics". Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved April 12, 2018.
- "Membership". Republican Study Committee. December 6, 2017. Retrieved November 10, 2018.
- Earle, Geoff (May 27, 2016). "'It was f**king ridiculous': Some GOP lawmakers ditch meeting after representative tries to shame them with Bible passage on homosexuality that calls gays 'reprobate' and 'worthy of death'". Daily Mail. Retrieved June 16, 2016.
- Peters, Jeremy W.; Alvarez, Lizette (June 15, 2016). "After Orlando, a Political Divide on Gay Rights Still Stands". The New York Times. Retrieved June 16, 2016.
- Badash, David (May 26, 2016). "GOP Congressman Quotes Bible, Tells Republicans They Are 'Going to Hell' if They Vote for LGBT Bill". The New Civil Rights Movement. Retrieved June 16, 2016.
- Shutt, Jennifer (June 15, 2016). "Congressman Who Read Anti-Gay Bible Verse Prays for Orlando Victims' Loved Ones". Roll Call. Retrieved June 16, 2016.
- Congressman Rick Allen official U.S. House site
- Rick Allen for Congress
- Rick Allen at Curlie
- Appearances on C-SPAN
- Biography at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- Profile at Vote Smart
- Financial information (federal office) at the Federal Election Commission
- Legislation sponsored at the Library of Congress
|U.S. House of Representatives|
|Preceded by |
| Member of the U.S. House of Representatives |
from Georgia's 1st congressional district
|Current U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial)|
|Preceded by |
| United States Representatives by seniority |