Mitchell (Mitch) W. Seabaugh

C.P.A. (inactive)

Georgia State Senate 2001-2011

Senate Majority Whip 2003-2010



 

Mitchell W. Seabaugh was appointed by Governor Nathan Deal as Georgia’s Deputy State Treasurer in October of 2011 after eleven years of service in Georgia’s state Senate.  Currently his responsibility is to serve as the Director of Georgia’s 529 College Savings Plan.

Seabaugh was first elected to the Georgia State Senate in 2000. In 2002, in only his second term, his colleagues elected him the Majority Whip, the third ranking member in the Senate.  He held that position until 2010. 

While in the Senate, he served as a member on numerous committees, most notably Appropriations, Finance, Rules, Regulated Industries & Utilities, Judiciary, and Reapportionment and Redistricting.  His legislative accomplishments covered many areas like electric transmission citing, safe utility facility locations, emerging telecommunication deregulation, significant changes to the budgeting process, tort reform, health care insurance reform, film and television tax incentives, indigent defense reform, tax reform, lawful carry for handguns, and most recently, the state’s redistricting plans, which received preclearance on the first try by the Department of Justice for the first time in Georgia’s history.

Additionally, Senator Seabaugh served on the Georgia Film, Video and Music Advisory Commission, as well as the Georgia Music Hall of Fame Committee.  He also served on the Suggested Legislation Committee for the Council of State Governments.  As a member of the National Conference State Legislators, he served on the Advisory Council on Energy, the Energy and Electric Standing Committee, the Redistricting and Elections Standing Committee, and the Transportation Standing Committee.

Senator Seabaugh received service awards from the Association of County Commissioners of Georgia and the Georgia Municipal Association.  He is the Georgia Utility Contractors Association Legislator of the Year for both 2005 and 2006.  In 2003, he was honored by the Fayette Chamber of Commerce with the Chet Wells Award for Exemplary Service.  The Georgia Family Council (GFC) recognized Senator Seabaugh in 2004 with their Family Honors Award for Public Policy for his efforts on behalf of Georgia families. He also received the Family Service Award from GFC for 2003 and 2005.

The Georgia Athletic Trainers Association named Senator Seabaugh as their Legislator of the Year in 2004.  Most recently he was awarded service awards from both the Newnan-Coweta Chamber of Commerce and the Chamber of Commerce Regional Business Coalition.

Seabaugh’s professional background includes finance positions with Houston Lighting and Power Company, International Paper Company, and Alcan Corporation.  His experience includes construction accounting, manufacturing and inventory control.   He has also worked with CPA firms and in his own consulting business in areas of taxation, business planning, auditing, and forensic accounting.

Seabaugh was born in Cape Girardeau, Missouri and graduated from Cape Central High School.  He received All Conference and All District recognition as a member of the Cape Central Tigers football team.  He also participated on the school’s basketball, baseball, and golf teams.

In 1981, he graduated from Southern Arkansas University after just three years, majoring in accounting.  A knee injury during spring practice during his freshman year ended his football career.  In 1988 he passed the Certified Public Accountant examination.  He has coached youth baseball and basketball in the Newnan and the Sharpsburg youth leagues, and has actively supported band programs, once serving as a chaperone and band photographer for the Northgate High School Band.

In 1980, Mitch married the former Leah Huddleston, who is an Arkansas native. Mitch and Leah live in East Coweta County where they are members of Southcrest Church in Newnan. They have two children, Karen and Ryan, and seven grandchildren.  His other interests include golf, reading, home renovations and playing the bass guitar.