Nathan Deal was sworn in as Georgia’s 82nd governor of Georgia on January 10, 2011, and was sworn in for his second term on January 12, 2015. Governor Deal was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1992. Prior to that, he served in the Georgia Senate from 1981 to 1993 and was named president pro tempore in his last term. Deal also worked as a lawyer, assistant district attorney, and judge.
As since January 2011, John Nathan Deal public service to his state spans four decades. The Sandersville native served in the U.S. Army at Fort Gordon in Augusta after graduating with a law degree from Mercer University, and then began a private law practice in Gainesville, the hometown of his wife, Sandra Dunagan Deal. While his wife taught in Hall County public schools, the governor began a long span of service to his community as prosecutor, judge, state senator and U.S. congressman.
During his 17 years in Congress, Deal rose to chair the Health Subcommittee of Energy and Commerce, where he became a noted expert on entitlement reform and health care policy.
The governor and first lady have four adult children and six grandchildren.