New Members 2010 - Georgia

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REP.-ELECT ROB WOODALL (R-GA.-07)

Date of birth: Feb. 11, 1970
Birthplace: Athens, Ga.
Occupation: Congressional aide
Education: B.A., Furman University; J.D., University of Georgia
Previous office held: None

Rob Woodall is no stranger to Capitol Hill. He was chief of staff for 10 years to retiring Rep. John Linder (R-Ga.) and will now replace his old boss in Georgia’s 7th district, which includes Atlanta’s eastern suburbs.

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He was a legislative aide to Linder dating back to 1994 and co-authored with Linder and radio talk-show host Neal Boortz a New York Times No. 1 bestselling book, “FairTax: The Truth: Answering the Critics,” which advocated eliminating federal taxes and the IRS, among other things. Woodall defeated six Republican primary challengers with 36 percent of the vote, later winning the run-off election with 55 percent in the reliably red district. He went on to defeat Democrat Doug Heckman.

This is his first elected role.


REP.-ELECT AUSTIN SCOTT (R-GA.-08)

Date of birth: Dec. 10, 1969
Birthplace: Augusta, Ga.
Residence: Ashburn, Ga.
Occupation: Insurance agent; public official
Education: B.B.A., University of Georgia
Previous office held: State representative, 1997-2010
Family: Wife, Vivien; one child

Austin Scott rode the wave of disenchantment over federal spending, unified Democratic control of the federal government and the policies of President Obama in toppling Rep. Jim Marshall (D) in this largely rural Georgia district, where Obama won 43 percent of the vote in 2008.

Scott promised in his campaign to work to pass a balanced-budget amendment. He also wants to block citizenship for children born in the U.S. to illegal-immigrant parents, noting in June, “I’d like to do away with birthright babies and anchor citizenship.”

He was only 26 when he rode the wave of Republican gains into the Georgia General Assembly — he spent 14 years there before entering the U.S. House. Scott, who also sold insurance and retirement plans, has called for a repeal of the 2010 healthcare bill and wants more transparency in billing. He argues the Democratic legislation missed the mark in improving the quality of healthcare coverage.


REP.-ELECT TOM GRAVES (R-GA.-09)

Date of birth: Feb. 3, 1970
Birthplace: St. Petersburg, Fla.
Residence: Ranger, Ga.
Occupation: Small-businessman and real estate investor
Education: B.B.A, University of Georgia
Previous office held: State representative, 2003-2010
Family: Wife, Julie; three children

Tom Graves is a solidly conservative politician in a district that has been ranked by the Cook Partisan Voting Index as the third most Republican district in the nation.

His election win was so assured that as of two weeks before the Nov. 2 vote, the front page of his campaign website featured other Georgia Republican candidates rather than himself. Graves did have a difficult road getting to his first full term in office. When Rep. Nathan Deal (R-Ga.) resigned to run for governor, the winner of the Republican primary was expected to take the seat. Graves won but didn’t have enough votes to avoid a runoff against state Sen. Lee Hawkins. He beat Hawkins to win the special election.

Then, Hawkins challenged Graves for the Republican nomination for the November general election. Graves won, but again, did not have enough votes to avoid a runoff. He beat Hawkins for a fourth time in the July to win the GOP nomination.

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