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 2019
Years in position 4
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 won a second term in the 2014 elections.[2]


Before becoming commissioner, Black co-managed the Georgia Food Industry Partnership for 13 years. He 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's 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