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John Barge
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Current candidacy
Running for Governor of Georgia
Date of primaryMay 20, 2014
Current office
Georgia State Superintendent of Schools
In office
January 10, 2011 - present
Term ends
January 12, 2015
Years in position 3
Base salary$123,270
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$145,797
Term limitsN/A
High schoolCampbell High School (1984)
Bachelor'sBerry College (1988)
Master'sState University of West Georgia
Ph.D.University of Georgia
Place of birthCobb County, Georgia
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John Barge is the current Republican State Superintendent of Schools in Georgia.[1] Barge was first elected on November 2, 2010 and took office on January 10, 2011. His first term will end on January 12, 2015.

Before becoming superintendent, Barge was director of secondary curriculum and instruction with the Barlow County (GA) School System. He has also served as a principal and assistant principal, and has taught both high school English and middle school Spanish. Barge holds a bachelor's degree from Berry College in Rome, GA.

Barge's seat is up for election in 2014. While eligible to run for a second term as superintendent, Barge is running instead for Governor of Georgia. He is seeking the Republican nomination in the primary on May 20, 2014. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.


Barge came into the office of state superintendent with over 20 years experience in education. During that time he served as a high school English teacher, middle school Spanish teacher, assistant principal, and principal. He was also the State Director of Career, Technical and Agriculture Education for the Georgia Department of Education.[1]


  • BA in Communications/Public Relations - Berry College (1988)
  • MA - State University of West Georgia
  • PhD - University of Georgia

Political career

Georgia Superintendent of Schools (2011-present)

Barge has served as Georgia State Superintendent of Schools since 2011.



See also: Georgia gubernatorial election, 2014

Barge is eligible for re-election to his current post of state superintendent in 2014, but he has has opted to run for Governor of Georgia instead. He is seeking the Republican nomination in the primary on May 20, 2014. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.


Barge won election as Georgia State Superintendent of Schools on November 2, 2010.[2]

Georgia State School Superintendent, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Barge 53.5% 1,366,355
     Democratic Joe Martin 41.6% 1,061,124
     Libertarian Kira Griffiths Willis 4.9% 124,547
     Write-In Howard Miller 0% 88
Total Votes 2,552,114
Election Results Via: Georgia Secretary of State

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Barge is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Barge raised a total of $145,797 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 8, 2013.[3]

John Barge's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Georgia Superintendent of Public Instruction Not up for election $28,254
2010 Georgia Superintendent of Public Instruction Won $117,543
Grand Total Raised $145,797


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