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Rick is a native Georgian and was elected to represent Georgia’s 17th Senate District in 2010. As our State Senator, Rick represents portions of Newton, Henry, and Rockdale counties.

Rick brings a wealth of government experience to the State Senate. He served as City Manager to the City of Locust Grove during 2001-2008, and he served on the Board of Commissioners for Henry County during 2008-2010. Rick has also served as Director of Water and Wastewater Treatment for the City of Covington, Director of Water and Water Pollution Control for the City of McDonough, and also worked for the Henry County Water and Sewage Authority.

Rick is the owner of a successful small business, J&T Environmental Services, and works to preserve and protect water quality in communities across Georgia. J&T provides operations and management of water and wastewater treatment plants, water distribution and collection systems. As a small business owner, Rick knows what it means to balance a budget, manage payroll and make tough, real-world decisions.

Rick is Vice President of the Georgia Rural Water Association, and is a member of the North Metropolitan Water District Board, Water Pollution Control Federation, and American Water Works Association. He has participated in both Leadership Newton and Leadership Henry and is a Certified Water Treatment System Operator and Water Laboratory Analyst.

Growing up in Henry County, Rick attended McDonough Christian Academy and graduated from Henry County High School in 1982, where he played baseball and was a member of FFA. He volunteers with Water Missions International, helping to provide relief in such areas as Sri Lanka following the devastating tsunami and in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. Rick has also organized three golf tournaments for Haven House to raise money to assist victims of domestic violence.

Rick is a graduate of Clayton College and State University where he earned a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Technology Management. He and his wife, Leslie, live in Henry County. He has four daughters and two granddaughters. He attends Sharon Baptist Church.