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About Senator Jack Hill

ABOUT JACK

Senator Jack Hill of Reidsville, a Republican, was first elected to the Georgia Senate from the 4th District in 1990 and was reelected in 2012 to his 12th two-year term. Senator Hill is chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, and also serves on the Natural Resources and the Environment, Regulated Industries and Utilities and Rules committees as well as ex-officio for the Finance Committee. Past chairmanships include: K-12 Education, Ethics and Higher Education.

He headed the Study Committee whose recommendations resulted in the expansion of the state’s jobs tax credit for economically depressed areas and authored a constitutional amendment that created regional industrial parks.

Senator Hill also chaired a Study Committee that highlighted the plight of rural hospitals and led efforts to increase reimbursement rates through restructuring as “critical access hospitals.”

He has been a proponent of “early voting” legislation, which he introduced in 1999. Early voting was eventually passed as part of a package of election reforms.

He also successfully sponsored legislation requiring state government to take a leadership role in encouraging recycling and sets goals for the purchase of recycled materials.

Senator Hill sponsored legislation in the 1995 General Assembly that adds a five percent surcharge to fines to fund local victims’ assistance programs.

As Appropriations Chairman, he led the Senate in changing the budget process in Georgia to a results-based form through his efforts to base funding on clearly defined purposes and measurements. “Program budgeting” has been adopted in state budgeting and the result is Georgia has joined more progressive states utilizing this approach. His steady leadership with the Executive and Legislative Branches has helped steer the state through difficult economic times.

Georgia has maintained a “Triple A” Bond rating, the highest rating awarded throughout these years, as recognition of Georgia’s business-like handling of state government. Additionally, Hill sponsored and passed legislation expanding the Revenue Shortfall Reserve ceiling from 10% to 15% of previous year’s revenues.

Georgia Southern University, East Georgia State College and technical colleges in the 4th District have received over $250 million in improvements and construction funding during his tenure. He is quick to add that the entire local delegation worked to secure these funds.

Senator Hill has been a long-time supporter of Georgia’s Public Libraries and has led the way in providing state matching funds for many new and renovated libraries.

Additionally, he has led efforts to restore funding to the Grassroots Arts Program.

Senator Hill served for 33 years in the Georgia Air National Guard as a unit commander and as State Inspector General. He retired in 2004 from the United States Air Force Reserve as a Reserve Forces Officer assigned to the Selective Service System. His military service totaled 37 years.

An active community leader, Senator Hill is the former chairman of the Tattnall County Development Authority, a Lion and Rotarian and headed a local historic preservation project that won a national award.

Senator Hill served as Gov. Perdue’s appointee to a three person team who began negotiations for a joint venture with the state of South Carolina to begin the process of building a new port in Jasper County, S.C. on the Savannah River.

Born July 15, 1944, in Reidsville, Senator Hill graduated from Reidsville High School and Georgia Southern University, (then College) and is a retired grocer. Senator Hill and his wife Ruth Ann, a retired elementary school principal, are the parents of three children and seven grandchildren and are members of the Reidsville Baptist Church.

The 4th Senatorial District includes: Bulloch, Candler, Effingham, Emanuel (pt.), Evans and Tattnall (pt.) counties.

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