Rick Jeffares was born and raised in Henry County, GA and now resides in Locust Grove. When Rick was young, his dad was a farmer like his grandfather and the four generations of ancestors before him who farmed cotton, soybeans and wheat and raised cattle on tracts of land around Henry county.
At the age of 13, Rick lost his father and took over – working the farm, helping his mother raise Rick’s two younger brothers, and eventually putting himself through Clayton College and State University where he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Management.
Rick began his career at the Henry County Water Authority and led the City of Covington Water and Sewer Department. Having found his niche, he started J&T Environmental Services, an operation and maintenance services company where he continues to build and service water, sewer and wastewater facilities. He also serves as a project manager for G. Ben Turnipseed Engineers.
Rick and his wife Leslie are members of Sharon Baptist Church. They have four children: Brooke, Lauren, Alex and Cameron and six grandchildren: Jenna, Ali, Stellan, Chloe, Summer and Preston.
Leslie, Alex and Cameron met 15-year old Raheem Murphy during a mission trip to Jamaica. The Jeffares family is hosting Raheem, supporting his education and giving him a brighter future here in the U.S.
Rick in Public Service
As Rick’s business interactions took him into communities around his hometown, he gained an interest in public service and served as City Manager for Locust Grove, eventually becoming Henry County Commissioner in 2008.
After the 2004 earthquake and tsunami in the Indian Ocean, Rick volunteered his expertise through his church to build water purification facilities in Sri Lanka. When Hurricane Katrina struck, Rick went to Mississippi where he brought supplies he had purchased himself and rebuilt water systems in order for people to have their first shower in weeks. When FEMA officials threatened to arrest him for not having gone through overly burdensome federal rules, Rick told them to go right ahead as he continued working. FEMA backed down.
In 2010, Rick was elected to the State Senate from Georgia’s 17th District. He represented portions of Henry, Newton and Rockdale Counties. He served as Chairman of the Regulated Industries and Vice Chairman of the Natural Resources Committees. He was also a member of the Appropriations and Ethics Committees.
He also serves as the Vice-President of the Georgia Rural Water Association and is a member of the Georgia Violence Commission.
In the State Senate, Rick has focused on ethics reform, reducing the size of government and championing bills that directly improve the lives of the citizens and communities he represents. As he seeks the office of Lieutenant Governor, Rick recognizes that Georgia has tremendous people, resources and an economic environment that continues to attract new and growing businesses with careers and opportunities for those who call Georgia home.