Nathan Deal

Nathan Deal REPRepublican

82nd governor of Georgia from 2011 to 2019

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Nathan DealREPRepublican 82nd governor of Georgia from 2011 to 2019
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John Nathan Deal (born August 25, 1942) is an American Republican politician who served as the 82nd governor of Georgia from 2011 to 2019 and the U.S. House of Representatives from 1993 until 2010. Previously he had served as a member of the Georgia State Senate 1981 to 1993 as a Democrat. In 2010, Deal resigned from Congress to run for governor of Georgia in the upcoming election. Deal faced a crowded field of candidates in the Republican primary election, ultimately facing former Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel in a tightly contested primary runoff election, and won by fewer than 2,500 votes. The following day, Handel declined to pursue a recount and conceded. In the general election, Deal defeated the Democratic opponent, former governor Roy Barnes, and succeeded term-limited Sonny Perdue in 2011. He won his re-election campaign for governor in 2014 against Democrat Jason Carter. Deal came to prominence in 2014 when he signed into law the Safe Carry Protection Act, known by critics as the "Guns Everywhere Law", which allows residents with a permit to carry a concealed weapon to bring firearms into most public areas, including churches, school zones, government buildings and certain sections of airports. He was barred by term limits in 2018 and was succeeded by outgoing Secretary of State Brian Kemp.

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Education4 - 4 of 2
Walter F. George School of Law
Mercer University
Past Positions1 - 9 of 9
State of Georgia
2010 - 2019
United States House of Representatives
1992 - 2010
Georgia State Senate
1980 - 1992
Former Deputy Whip
United States House of Representatives
Former President Pro-Tempore
Georgia State Senate
County Attorney
Hall County
1977 - 1979
Juvenile Court Judge
Hall County
1971 - 1972
Assistant District Attorney
Northeastern Judicial Circuit of Georgia
1970 - 1971
United States Army, Fort Gordon
1966 - 1968
Other Experience1 - 16 of 16
Board Member
Mercer University
Forestry 2000 Task Force
Former Sunday School Teacher
Gainesville First Baptist Church
Lifetime Member
Rotary Club
Gainesville First Baptist Church
Advisory Board, Honors Programs, North Georgia College and University
Former Member
Congressional Children's Working Group
Former Member
Congressional Caucus on Unfunded Mandates
Former Member
Congressional Travel and Tourism Caucus
Former Member
Rural Health Care Coalition
Former Member
Speaker's Immigration Task Force
Former Member
National Guard and Reserve Components Congressional Members Organization
Former Member
House Trails Caucus
Former Member
Congressional Vietnam-Era Veterans Caucus
Former Member
Congressional Immigration Reform Caucus
Former Member
Congressional Boating Caucus