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Casey Cagle

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Casey Cagle
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Lieutenant Governor of Georgia
In office
January 8, 2007 - Present
Term ends
January 2019
Years in position 8
PredecessorMark Taylor (D)
Base salary$91,609
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 7, 2006
Next generalNovember 2, 2010
Campaign $$8,984,498
Term limitsNone
Prior offices
Georgia State Senate, 49th District
1995 - 2007
High schoolJohnson High School
Date of birthJanuary 12, 1966
Place of birthGainesville, Georgia
Office website
Personal website
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Lowell S. "Casey" Cagle (born January 12, 1966 in Gainesville, Georgia), is the current Republican Lieutenant Governor of Georgia. Cagle is best known as the underdog candidate who, on July 18, 2006, defeated conservative political activist Ralph Reed in the 2006 Republican primary for lieutenant governor of Georgia. Cagle won the November 7 general election and was sworn in on January 8, 2007, becoming the first Republican to hold the office of lieutenant governor in Georgia history.[1] He ran for and won re-election in 2010. Cagle faced Carol Porter (D) and David Barber (L) in the general election on November 2, 2010, and won with over 54 percent of the vote.

Cagle sought a third term in 2014.[2] He was unopposed for the Republican nomination in the May 20 primary and faced Democrat Connie Stokes in the general election. Casey Cagle won the general election on November 4, 2014.

In his role as lieutenant governor, Cagle serves as President of the Georgia State Senate.[3]. He had served as a member of the State Senate, representing the 49th District, prior to his election to statewide office in 2006.[4]


Cagle was raised in Gainsville, Georgia by a single mother. A seventh generation Hall County resident, Cagle says that by the age of six, he had attended all eight of its different elementary schools. He graduated from Johnson High School, and went on to attend Georgia Southern University and Gainesville College, where he hoped to play football. At age 20, Cagle sustained an injury that ruined his college athletic career, and he decided to return home before he could earn a degree from either institution.[5]

His legislative biography describes Cagle as a "self-made business leader in the real estate and banking industries." After leaving college, Cagle bought his first business, a retail clothing store called Jean's Bridal and Tux of Class which he later expanded to multiple locations. He founded Southern Heritage Bank in 1999 and served as its Chairman until 2004 when it merged into Gainesville Bank & Trust (GB&T) in 2004. Cagle joined the Board of Directors of GB&T in 2005. Cagle is also the former president of Cagle Bloom and Company, an investment firm.[4]


  • Graduate, Johnson High School
  • Attended, Georgia Southern University
  • Attended, Gainesville College

Political career

Lieutenant Governor of Georgia (2007-present)

Cagle defeated Democrat Jim Martin on November 7, 2006, to become the first Republican Lieutenant Governor in Georgia's history. As lieutenant governor, Cagle also serves as President of the Georgia State Senate. He was re-elected to the office in the 2010 and 2014 midterms.[3]

Georgia State Senate (1995-2007)

In 1994, at age 28, Cagle ran for the Georgia State Senate in the 49th District, which included Hall County and parts of Dawson County and Forsyth County. He upset the Democratic incumbent, Jane Hemmer, and became the youngest member of the State Senate. He was re-elected five times, and served as Chairman of the State Senate Finance Committee.[3]



See also: Georgia Lieutenant Gubernatorial election, 2014

Cagle sought re-election to a third term as lieutenant governor in 2014.[2] He ran unopposed in the Republican primary on May 20, 2014, and overtook Democratic challenger Connie Stokes in the general election. The general election took place November 4, 2014.


Lieutenant Governor of Georgia, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngCasey Cagle Incumbent 58% 1,466,505
     Democratic Connie Stokes 42% 1,062,557
Total Votes 2,529,062
Election Results via Georgia Secretary of State.


See also: Georgia lieutenant gubernatorial election, 2010

Cagle was re-elected to a second term as Lieutenant Governor of Georgia on November 2, 2010.

  • General election
Lieutenant Governor of Georgia, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Carol Porter 54.7% 1,403,977
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngCasey Cagle Incumbent 41.9% 1,074,624
     Libertarian David Barber 3.5% 88,746
Total Votes 2,567,347
Election Results via Georgia Secretary of State


In early 2005, Cagle declared his candidacy for Lieutenant Governor of Georgia. He was opposed in the Republican primary by nationally known Christian conservative activist Ralph Reed. Initially considered the underdog, Cagle emerged as a serious challenger to Reed. Reed accused Cagle of negative campaigning, blaming Cagle for unfavorable media attention arising from the federal investigation into the Jack Abramoff Indian lobbying scandal. On July 18, 2006, Cagle defeated Reed in the Republican Party primary. According to final results, Cagle won 56 percent of the vote to Reed's 44 percent. He then went on to successfully face former state legislator Jim Martin, in the general election.

  • General election[6]
Lieutenant Governor of Georgia, 2006
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Jim Martin 54.1% 1,134,517
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngCasey Cagle 42.3% 887,506
     Libertarian Allen Buckley 3.6% 75,673
Total Votes 2,097,696

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Cagel is available dating back to 1994. Based on available campaign finance records, Cagel raised a total of $8,984,498 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 8, 2013.[7]

Casey Cagle's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Lieutenant Governor of Georgia Not up for election $502,593
2010 Lieutenant Governor of Georgia Won $2,561,142
2008 Lieutenant Governor of Georgia Not up for election $637,680
2006 Lieutenant Governor of Georgia Won $4,869,844
2004 Georgia State Senate District 49 Won $156,830
2002 Georgia State Senate District 49 Won $42,457
2000 Georgia State Senate District 49 Won $99,516
1998 Georgia State Senate District 49 Won $59,742
1996 Georgia State Senate District 49 Won $29,137
1994 Georgia State Senate District 49 Won $25,557
Grand Total Raised $8,984,498


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Cagle and his wife Nita have three sons, Jared, Grant and Carter. The family attends Westside Baptist Church, where Cagle serves as a deacon.[4]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Mark Taylor (D)
Lieutenant Governor of Georgia
2007 - present
Succeeded by