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Rick Allen
Rick Allen Official Photo, 114th Congress.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Georgia's 12th district
Assumed office
January 3, 2015
Preceded byJohn Barrow
Personal details
Born (1951-11-07) November 7, 1951 (age 67)
Augusta, Georgia, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)
Robin Allen (m. 1975)
Children4
EducationAuburn University (BS)
WebsiteHouse website

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.

Career

Allen attended Auburn University and earned a degree in building construction. He is the founder of R.W. Allen and Associates, a construction company headquartered in Augusta.[1]

U.S. House of Representatives

Elections

2012

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%.[2] Anderson went on to lose the general election to incumbent John Barrow.

2014

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.[3][4]

2016

Allen was re-elected with 62% of the vote in 2016.

2018

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.[5]

Committee assignments

Controversy

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."[7][8] Allen told the assembled Republicans that they are "going to Hell" if they vote for the proposed anti-discrimination amendment.[9]

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."[10][8]

Personal life

Allen lives in Augusta, Georgia. A Methodist, he is married to Robin Allen and has four children.

See also

References

  1. ^ "Project Vote Smart – The Voter's Self Defense System". Project Vote Smart. Retrieved January 10, 2015.
  2. ^ 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.
  3. ^ 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.
  4. ^ Davis, Janel (November 4, 2014). "Rick Allen upsets John Barrow for Georgia congressional seat". Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved January 10, 2015.
  5. ^ Suggs, Ernie (July 23, 2017). "Georgia NAACP president steps down with an eye toward politics". Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved April 12, 2018.
  6. ^ "Membership". Republican Study Committee. December 6, 2017. Retrieved November 10, 2018.
  7. ^ 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.
  8. ^ a b 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.
  9. ^ 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.
  10. ^ Shutt, Jennifer (June 15, 2016). "Congressman Who Read Anti-Gay Bible Verse Prays for Orlando Victims' Loved Ones". Roll Call. Retrieved June 16, 2016.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
John Barrow
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Georgia's 1st congressional district

2015–present
Incumbent
Current U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Pete Aguilar
D-California
United States Representatives by seniority
314th
Succeeded by
Brian Babin
R-Texas