Senate Profiles
Minority Caucus Chairman Don Balfour (R-09)
Legislative Office Building / Room 321 / Atlanta, GA 30334
5855 Dovnick Drive / Lilburn, GA 30247
Capitol District Fax
(404) 656-0095 (770) 729-5764
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Committee Assignments
Member Senate Banking & Financial Institutions (B&FI)
Member Senate Education (Ed)
Member Senate Health & Human Services (H&HS)
Member Senate Rules (Rules)
Counties Represented
1 Gwinnett County

Biographical Information

Don Balfour of Lilburn was first elected to the Georgia Senate from the ninth District in 1992 and is now beginning his third term.

Balfour, a Republican, is a member of the Insurance and Labor and Education Committees and the Health and Human Services Committee. He also serves on the Banking and Financial Institutions Committee.

Balfour has also represented Georgia as an alternate member of the Fiscal Affairs and Government Operations Committee of the Southern Legislative Conference (SLC).

During the 1993 legislative session, Balfour sponsored legislation to discourage predatory lending practices and to simplify the appeals process on property tax assessments.

Balfour was the chief sponsor of a resolution in the 1994 General Assembly calling on the Department of Transportation to withdraw a proposal to build the second Atlanta airport in Gwinnett County because of the adverse impact that the facility would have. Plans for the airport were later shelved because of the strong opposition.

During the 1996 session, Balfour successfully cosponsored a new law which requires insurance companies to provide coverage for a minimum hospital stay of at least two days for mothers and newborns following normal deliveries and four days after Caesarian births.

Born May 3, 1957 in New Brunswick, New Jersey, Balfour earned a BS degree in accounting from Bob Jones University and is an executive for Waffle House, Inc.

Active in professional and community affairs, Balfour is a member of the American Institute of CPA's and the Georgia Society of CPA's. He is a also a member of the Gwinnett County Chamber of Commerce.

Balfour and his wife, Ginny, are the parents of a son, Trey. The Balfours are Baptists.

The 9th Senate District which Balfour represents includes portions of central and south Gwinnett County.

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