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::''See also: [[Georgia State Legislature]], [[Georgia House of Representatives]], [[Georgia State Senate]]''
==Current officeholder==
==Current officeholder==
The 82nd current governor of Georgia is [[Republican]] [[Nathan Deal]], first elected in November 2010. Deal will come up for re-election, if he chooses to run, in 2014.
The 82nd current governor of Georgia is [[Republican]] [[Nathan Deal]], first elected in November 2010. Deal will come up for re-election, if he chooses to run, in 2014.
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==State budget==
==State budget==
===Role in state budget===
::''See also: [[Georgia state budget]]''
{{Georgia budget process}}
===Governor's office budget===
The budget for the Office of the Governor in Fiscal Year 2013 was $174,616,781.<ref>[http://opb.georgia.gov/sites/opb.georgia.gov/files/related_files/site_page/State%20of%20Georgia%20BIB%20Aug%207-1647.pdf ''Budget in Briefs,'' “Budget in Brief: Amended Fiscal Year 2013 and Fiscal Year 2013,” 159, accessed June 17, 2013]</ref>
The budget for the Office of the Governor in Fiscal Year 2013 was $174,616,781.<ref>[http://opb.georgia.gov/sites/opb.georgia.gov/files/related_files/site_page/State%20of%20Georgia%20BIB%20Aug%207-1647.pdf ''Budget in Briefs,'' “Budget in Brief: Amended Fiscal Year 2013 and Fiscal Year 2013,” 159, accessed June 17, 2013]</ref>

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Georgia Governor
General information
Office Type:  Partisan
Office website:  Official Link
2013 FY Budget:  $174,616,781
Term limits:  2 consecutive terms
Length of term:   4 years
Authority:  Article V, the Executive Department
Selection Method:  Elected
Current Officeholder

Nathan Deal.jpg
Name:  Nathan Deal
Officeholder Party:  Republican
Assumed office:  January 10, 2011
Compensation:  $139,339
Next election:  November 4, 2014
Last election:  November 2, 2010
Other Georgia Executive Offices
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The Governor of the State of Georgia is an elected constitutional officer, the head of the executive branch, and the highest state office in Georgia. The Governor is popularly elected every four years by a plurality and is limited to two consecutive terms. No individual may again hold the office again until four years, a single gubernatorial term, have elapsed.

As of April 2015, Georgia is one of 23 Republican state government trifectas.

See also: Georgia State Legislature, Georgia House of Representatives, Georgia State Senate

Current officeholder

The 82nd current governor of Georgia is Republican Nathan Deal, first elected in November 2010. Deal will come up for re-election, if he chooses to run, in 2014.

Before becoming governor, Deal was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives for Georgia from 1993 to 2011. He was originally elected as a Democrat, but switched to the Republican Party on April 10, 1995. During part his time in the House, he served as the Republican deputy whip. Before running for Congress, Deal served in the Georgia State Senate from 1981 to 1993.

Prior to entering politics, Deal was an attorney and judge in Hall County, Georgia. From 1970 to 1971 he was assistant district attorney in Georgia's northeastern judicial circuit and from 1971 to 1972, a county juvenile court judge. Deal's next legal position after leaving the bench was as Hall County attorney from 1977 to 1979. From 1979 to 1992 he operated a private practice.


The state constitution addresses the office of the governor in Article V, the Executive Department.

Georgia Constitution, Article V, Section 1, Paragraph I

There shall be a Governor...

Georgia Constitution, Article V, Section 2, Paragraph I

The chief executive powers shall be vested in the Governor


Current Governors
Gubernatorial Elections
Current Lt. Governors
Lt. Governor Elections
Breaking news

Per Article V, Section 1 of the state constitution, the Governor must be at least 30 years old on the day he assumes offices and, on the day he is elected, have been a resident of Georgia for at least six years and an American citizen for at least 15 years.

Georgia Constitution, Article V, Section 1, Paragraph IV

No person shall be eligible for election to the office of Governor or Lieutenant Governor unless such person shall have been a citizen of the United States 15 years and a legal resident of the state six years immediately preceding the election and shall have attained the age of 30 years by the date of assuming office.


Georgia state government organizational chart
See also: Gubernatorial election cycles by state
See also: Election of governors

Georgia elects governors in the midterm elections, that is, even years that are not presidential election years. For Georgia, 2006, 2010, 2014, and 2018 are all gubernatorial election years. Legally, the gubernatorial inauguration is always set for the same day that the Georgia General Assembly convenes. Thus, January 10, 2011 was an inaugural day. Future inaugurations will occur on the day fixed by legislature to convene itself.


See also: Georgia gubernatorial election, 2010 and Gubernatorial elections, 2010

In the July 20 primary Deal came in second to Karen Handel, receiving 22.9% of the vote to her 34.1%. The two met in a runoff election held August 10, with Deal winning 50.2% to 49.8%.

Deal defeated Democrat Roy E. Barnes and Libertarian John H. Monds in the general election on November 2, 2010.[1]

Governor of Georgia, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Roy E. Barnes 43% 1,107,011
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngNathan Deal 53% 1,365,832
     Libertarian John H. Monds 4% 103,194
     NA Write-in 0% 124
Total Votes 2,576,161

Term limits

See also: States with gubernatorial term limits

Georgia governors are restricted to two consecutive terms in office, after which they must wait four years before being eligible to run again.

Georgia Constitution, Article V, Section 1, Paragraph 1

Persons holding the office of Governor may succeed themselves for one four-year term of office. Persons who have held the office of Governor and have succeeded themselves as herein before provided shall not again be eligible to be elected to that office until after the expiration of four years from the conclusion of their term as Governor.

Partisan composition

The chart below shows the partisan breakdown of Georgia State Governors from 1992-2013.
Governor of Georgia Partisanship.PNG


See also: How gubernatorial vacancies are filled

Details of vacancy appointments are addressed under Section I, Paragraph V of the Georgia Constitution

At any point that the governor or governor-elect is temporarily or permanently unable to discharge the office, the lieutenant governor or the lieutenant governor-elect assumes the office with all its powers and responsibilities.

In cases where the governor is permanently unable to fulfill the duties of the office, the lieutenant governor, as acting governor, will in most cases hold the office until the next general election. If the former officeholder's term is set to expire less than 90 days after the next election (in other words, if it is the last year of the foermer governor's term) and when the governorship is left vacant less than 30 days before a general election, the lieutenant governor simply completes the elected term.

If both the governor and lieutenant governor vacate their seats, the Speaker of the House of Representatives schedules a special election and serves as acting governor until that date.

Removing a constitutional officer for disability is governed by Article V, Section IV. Any four constitutional officers may petition the Georgia Supreme Court regarding the fitness for office of a fifth officer. That officer shall have a hearing with the testimony of no less than three board certified physicians, one of whom must be a psychiatrist, before being deemed unfit or removed. The Supreme Court may make a determination of either temporary or permanent disability; in the case of the former, they shall also determine when the Governor may resume the office.



The governor has a number of powers in state government, set forth primarily in Article V, Section II, Paragraphs II - X of the Constitution, including proposing new programs and laws for the state, proposing a state budget for the legislature to consider, vetoing legislation and appointing members of many of the boards in state government.

The governor is both the "conservator of peace" and the "commander-in-chief of the military forces" within Georgia; he is also charged with upholding and executing all laws. There is a gubernatorial veto, which the legislature may override by a two-thirds majority in both chambers. At the start of each regular legislative session and at other times if he deems it prudent, the Governor delivers a 'State of the State' to the General Assembly and makes recommendations for laws.

Other duties and privileges of the office include:

  • Issuing writs for special elections whenever either the House or Senate has a vacancy.
  • Convening extraordinary sessions of the Assembly, not to exceed 40 days, as well as emergency sessions.
  • Filling vacancies in all offices where the manner is not otherwise prescribed, subject to Senate confirmation.
  • Requiring information from other constitutional officers and members of the executive on any aspects of their jobs and duties.

A majority of executive departments are headed by policy-making boards, whose members are appointed by the governor and confirmed by the Georgia State Senate. Usually, the boards appoint a department director or commissioner in cooperation with the governor to administer agency affairs. A few department heads are appointed directly by the governor.


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State budget

Role in state budget

See also: Georgia state budget

The state operates on an annual budget cycle.[2] The sequence of key events in the budget process is as follows:[3]

  1. In July of the year preceding the start of the new fiscal year, the governor sends budget instructions to state agencies.
  2. In September agencies submit their budget requests to the governor.
  3. Budget hearings are held with state agencies in November and December.
  4. Public hearings are held in late January.
  5. In January the governor submits his or her proposed budget to the state legislature.
  6. The legislature adopts a budget in March or April, effective for the fiscal year beginning in July. A simple majority is required to pass a budget.

The governor is constitutionally required to submit a balanced budget to the legislature. In turn, the legislature must pass a balanced budget, and any budget signed into law by the governor must be balanced.[3]

Georgia is one of 44 states in which the governor has line item veto authority.[3]

Governor's office budget

The budget for the Office of the Governor in Fiscal Year 2013 was $174,616,781.[4]


See also: Comparison of gubernatorial salaries and Compensation of state executive officers

The constitution decrees that both the salary and the allowances for the Governor be set in law.


In 2013, the governor's salary remained at $139,339.[5]


In 2010, the governor received a salary of $139,339.


Partisan balance 1992-2013

Who Runs the States Project
See also: Ballotpedia:Who Runs the States and Ballotpedia:Who Runs the States, Georgia
Partisan breakdown of the Georgia governorship from 1992-2013

From 1992-2013, Georgia had Democratic governors in office for the first 11 years while there were Republican governors in office for the last 11 years, including the last 11. During the final nine years of the study, Georgia was under Republican trifectas.

Across the country, there were 493 years of Democratic governors (44.82%) and 586 years of Republican governors (53.27%) from 1992-2013.

Over the course of the 22-year study, state governments became increasingly more partisan. At the outset of the study period (1992), 18 of the 49 states with partisan legislatures had single-party trifectas and 31 states had divided governments. In 2013, only 13 states had divided governments, while single-party trifectas held sway in 36 states, the most in the 22 years studied.

The chart below shows the partisan composition of the Office of the Governor of Georgia, the Georgia State Senate and the Georgia House of Representatives from 1992-2013. Partisan composition of Georgia state government(1992-2013).PNG

SQLI and partisanship

Georgia was one of eight states to demonstrate a dramatic partisan shift in the 22 years studied. A dramatic shift was defined by a movement of 40 percent or more toward one party over the course of the study period.

The chart below depicts the partisanship of the Georgia state government and the state's SQLI ranking for the years studied. For the SQLI, the states were ranked from 1-50, with 1 being the best and 50 the worst. Georgia experienced two long periods of trifecta government, both Democratic and Republican, between the years 1992 and 2002 (Democratic) and again between the years 2002 and 2013 (Republican). The state’s lowest SQLI ranking occurred in 1992 (40th) under a Democratic trifecta, while its highest SQLI ranking occurred in 2007 (20th) under a Republican trifecta. Georgia experienced only two years of divided government, in 2003 and 2004, when the state house was under Democratic control. The state experienced its largest jump in the SQLI ranking between 2000 and 2001 (from 33rd to 27th) under a Democratic trifecta.

  • SQLI average with Democratic trifecta: 33.27
  • SQLI average with Republican trifecta: 22.75
  • SQLI average with divided government: 27.00
Chart displaying the partisanship of Georgia government from 1992-2013 and the State Quality of Life Index (SQLI).

Historical officeholders

There have been 88 Governors of Georgia since 1776.[6]

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Contact information

The Office of the Governor
State of Georgia
203 State Capitol
Atlanta, Georgia 30334

Phone: 404-656-1776
Fax: 404-657-7332

See also

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