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Mitch Seabaugh papers

Identifier: POL-0025

Scope and Content

The collection contains artifacts, books, campaign files, correspondence, essays, interviews, financial records, legislation records, newspapers, VHS tapes, relating to Mitch Seabaugh's five terms in the Georgia State Senate from 2001 to 2010.


  • Majority of material found within Bulk, 2002-2010
  • 1993-2010


Restrictions on Access

Open to all users. The Deed of Gift placed a public access restriction to the papers for 3 years after Seabaugh's departure from elective office. Seabaugh resigned his elective seat in April 2010. Papers were opened for public research in May 2013.

User Restrictions

Copyright has been transferred to the University of West Georgia Library.

Biographical History

Mitch Seabaugh was born in Cape Girardeau, Missouri in 1960. He received a Bachelor of Business Administration from Southern Arkansas University, and in 1986 he became a certified public account. He worked in both Texas and Arkansas, but in 1993 he and his wife moved to Sharpsburg, Georgia. Seabaugh worked at the International Paper Company as the chief financial officer, and he wrote essays to the Clinton administration about lowering the cost of health care. In 1996, he lost an election for an open Georgia Senate state but ran again as a Republican in the 2000 election in the 28th district of Georgia and was elected to the Georgia State Senate.

Seabaugh began his first term in 2001 with the state facing diverse issues such as the Georgia state flag, redistricting, and the legal driving age. The Republican Party won the majority in the state Senate in 2002 and Seabaugh was chosen to be the majority whip, the third highest ranking position in the majority party. In 2003 he became the chairman of the Regulated and Industries Committee. He played a major role in the passing of the Georgia Entertainment Investment Act. This act gave production companies a 20% transferable tax income credit for productions of $500,000 or more. This act fueled the growth of the film and gaming industry in Georgia.

In 2010, Seabaugh introduced new laws on firearm licenses and lawful carry places. SB 308, also known as the Common Sense Carry Law, allowed for the possession of firearms in vehicles whether the vehicle was on public or private property. The act also removed the Georgia public gathering law; thus, directly stating in which public places it was lawful to carry a firearm.

Seabaugh also served on different committees pertaining to tax increases. In October, 2011 Governor Nathan Deal appointed Seabaugh as the deputy state treasurer.


8.74 Linear feet (20 Boxes, 1 OV Folder)




Papers of Mitch Seabaugh (1960- ), a Georgia State Senator from 2001 to 2010. Seabaugh was elected the Republican majority whip during his second term. He served on multiple committees including Appropriations, Finance, and Regulated Industries and Utilities.


Arranged in series and sub-series:

Series I: Legislative Records

Sub-Series: Georgia State Senate Appropriation Committee

Sub-Series: Georgia State Senate Regulations and Industries Committee

Sub-Series: Georgia State Senate Limited Taxation Study Committee

Sub-Series: Georgia State Senate Property Tax Study Committee

Sub-Series: Georgia State Senate Suggested State Legislation Committee

Sub-Series: Georgia General Assembly

Sub-Series: Proposed Legislation

Sub-Series: Federal Programs Implementation

Sub-Series: Film Tax Incentive Legislation

Sub-Series: Lawful Firearm Carry Legislation

Series II: Personal and Political Papers

Series III: Press and Media Activity

Series IV: Miscellaneous

Sub-Series: General

Sub-Series: VHS and DVD

Sub-Series: Artifacts

Material are arranged chronological and alphabetically based on the series and sub-series


Gift of Mitch Seabaugh, 2010 and 2011

Processed By

Processed by Julie Bogle and Cody Doegg, 2014

Finding Aid to the Seabaugh (Mitch) Papers 1993-2010; bulk 2002-2010 POL-0025
Finding aid prepared by Written by Julie Bogle and Cody Doegg, 2014
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Finding aid converted with funds from a UWG FY14 Presidential Assistance Grant.

Repository Details

Part of the University of West Georgia Special Collections Repository

Special Collections, Ingram Library
University of West Georgia
1601 Maple Street
Carrollton GA 30118-2000 United States