Houston Gaines

Representative Gaines, District 117 (R)

2019 – present

Office: 612-F Coverdell
(404) 656-0325
Houston’s Website

Committee Membership
Code Revision – Member
Health & Human Services – Member
Insurance – Member

Signature Policies

Shrinking the Size of Government: Houston Gaines supports tax breaks combined with deep cuts to social programs. During his 2018 campaign, his website stated that “more than anything, Houston’s goal is to shrink government.”

Medicaid Work Requirements: During the 2018 campaign, Houston Gaines’ website stated that “Houston is joining Republicans … to bolster work requirement programs as part of a conservative framework for … Medicaid.”

Opposition to Immigration: Gaines’ website states that he has a goal of “defunding sanctuary cities,” presumably including one of the very cities he represents, Athens. He also has a goal of “deporting violent criminal illegal aliens.”

Voting Record

  • 2020
    Collect Internet Sales Tax: YES
    Fight Hate Crimes: YES
    Adopt Budget: YES
    “Peace Officer’s Bill of Rights”: YES
    License / Criminalize Hemp: YES
    Stop Burning Creosote RR Ties: YES
    Ban Surprise Medical Bills: YES
    Get Tough on Gangs: YES
    Postpartum Medicaid Coverage: YES
    Raise Coal Ash Fee: YES
    Expunge More Criminal Records: YES (sponsor in House)
    Restrict Signature Bonds: YES
    Learn more about 2020 votes.
  • 2019
    Protect Confederate Monuments: YES
    Require Schools Allow Recess: YES
    Apply for Medicaid Waivers: YES
    Takeover the Atlanta Airport: YES
    Improve EMS Transparency: YES
    Buy Voting Machines: YES
    Rollback Bail Reform: (co-sponsor)
    Protect Renters from Retaliation: YES (co-sponsor)
    Impose Additional Penalties for Committing Hate Crimes: NO
    Ban Abortion: YES
    Learn more about 2019 votes.
  • Controversy

    A robo-call push-poll was sent to voters in district 117 that apparently included false claims about Houston’s 2020 opponent, Mokah Jasmine-Johnson. The call told voters that Jasmine-Johnson served time behind bars for a felony but that she “convinced a judge to remove it from her record to cover it all up,” as reported in Flagpole. Houston denies that his campaign sent out false information to voters.