Gary Black

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Gary Black
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Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture
In office
January 10, 2011 - Present
Term ends
January 12, 2015
Years in position 3
PredecessorTommy Irvin (D)
Base salary$121,556
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Campaign $$2,543,586
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of Georgia (1980)
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Gary Black is the 16th and current Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture. Black, a Republican, assumed office in January 2011.[1]

Black's first term expires in January 2015 and he ran for a second term in the 2014 elections.[2] Gary Black won the general election on November 4, 2014.


Before becoming commissioner, Black co-managed the Georgia Food Industry Partnership for 13 years. He has also served as president of the Georgia Agribusiness Council and as a field representative in the Georgia Farm Bureau.[1]

Black graduated from the University of Georgia in 1980 with a bachelor degree in agricultural education.[1]


  • Bachelor degree in agricultural education - University of Georgia (1980)

Political career

Commissioner of Agriculture (2011-Present)

Black, a Republican, assumed office as the Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture in January 2011.



See also: Georgia down ballot state executive elections, 2014

Black ran for re-election as Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture in 2014.[2] He was uncontested in the Republican primary and faced Democrat Chris Irvin in the general election on November 4, 2014.


Agriculture Commissioner of Georgia, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngGary Black Incumbent 58.3% 1,462,039
     Democrat Christopher Irvin 41.7% 1,047,339
Total Votes 2,509,378
Election Results via Georgia Secretary of State.


Black won election in the November 2010 election, defeating Democratic candidate J.B. Powell and Libertarian Kevin Cherry.[3]

Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngGary Black 56% 1,426,746
     Democratic J.B. Powell 40.4% 1,027,373
     Libertarian Kevin Cherry 3.6% 91,447
Total Votes 2,545,566
Election Results Via: Georgia Secretary of State

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Black is available dating back to 2006. Based on available campaign finance records, Black raised a total of $2,543,586 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 8, 2013.[4]

Gary Black's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Not up for election $186,161
2010 Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Won $924,294
2006 Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Defeated $1,433,131
Grand Total Raised $2,543,586

2006 and 2010

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Political offices
Preceded by
Tommy Irvin (D)
Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture
Succeeded by