They’re not related, but they’re both Republicans, both members of the Georgia Senate, and they represent side-by-side districts that straddle portions of Fulton and Cobb counties. Sens. Judson Hill and Hunter Hill are two of the three Georgia senators who happened to be named Hill. The third Hill in the senate, Sen. Jack Hill, lives in Reidsville. (There also are three Thompsons and two Carters, for anyone keeping score.)
Sens. Judson and Hunter Hill say there’s no confusion in the Senate about who’s who – senators are referred to on the Senate floor during debate not by name, but district number, as in “the Senator from the 32nd” – but they admit some voters may mix them up at times.
In fact, Sen. Judson Hill says that before the most recent round of redistricting, he used to represent neighborhoods now represented by his younger colleague. He thinks some of his old constituents may have voted to elect Hunter Hill without realizing the candidate had changed. “A lot of people were saying, ‘You’re up for re-election, but your signs look different,’” he joked.
So, as the General Assembly returns to work on Jan. 13, we thought we’d offer a guide to our two members of the Capitol’s “Hill Caucus” to help our Sandy Springs and Buckhead readers determine just which Hill they should call their own.
Sen. Judson Hill
Grew up in: Florida and Virginia
Lives in: East Cobb
District: 32, Represents portions of Sandy Springs and Cobb County
First elected: 2004
Committees: chairman, Atlanta-Fulton County Delegation; chairman of senate finance committee and legislative federal and state healthcare financing overview committee; member of appropriations, insurance and labor, rules health and human services, and regulated industries and utilities committees.
Sen. Hunter Hill
Grew up in: Vinings
Lives in: Smyrna
Represents portions of Buckhead, Sandy Springs and Cobb County
First elected: 2012
Committees: vice chairman of veterans, military and homeland security committee; secretary of the senate finance committee and state and local government operations committee; member of the judiciary non-civil, retirement, and reappointment and redistricting committees.
Occupation: president of Tommy Newberry Coaching