Governor Nathan Deal
Raised in Sandersville, Georgia, Governor Deal earned his undergraduate and law degrees from Mercer University. From 1966 to 1968, he served in the United States Army, where he attained the rank of captain. Deal's career includes 23 years in private law practice and work as a criminal prosecutor and a juvenile court judge. He was elected to the Georgia State Senate in 1980 and served for 12 years, during which time his senate colleagues selected him to be president pro tem. First elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1992, he was re-elected for eight subsequent terms, representing the Ninth Congressional District of Georgia until March 2010. During his congressional career he was chairman and ranking member of the Subcommittee on Health and was known for his leadership on health-care issues and immigration reform. Deal was elected Georgia's governor in November 2010.