Nathan Deal Biography

John Nathan Deal is the 82nd Governor of Georgia, serving since January 2011. He has had a diverse career, starting as a Captain in the U.S. Army before becoming an attorney and eventually entering politics. Deal served in the Georgia Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives before being elected as Governor. He has been re-elected and remains dedicated to improving the state and its citizens.

Quick Facts

  • Also Known As: John Nathan Deal
  • Age: 81 Years, 81 Year Old Males
  • Family:
    • Spouse/Ex-: Sandra Dunagan
    • Father: Noah J. Deal
    • Mother: Mary Mallard
    • Children: Carrie, Jason, Katie, Mary Emily
  • Political Leaders
  • American Men
  • U.S. State: Georgia
  • Education: Mercer University

Childhood & Early Life

Nathan Deal was born on August 25, 1942, in Millen, Georgia to Noah J. Deal and Mary Mallard. Both of his parents were educators. He grew up on a farm in Sandersville in Washington County, Georgia. Deal attended Mercer University in Macon and graduated in 1964. He then went on to obtain his Juris Doctor Degree from Mercer University’s Walter F. George School of Law in 1966.


After completing his law degree, Deal served as a Captain in the United States Army at Fort Gordon in Augusta from 1966 to 1968. He then began his private practice as an attorney and worked as a criminal prosecutor. In 1970, he became an assistant district attorney in northeast Georgia. In 1971, he was appointed as a juvenile court judge in Hall County. Deal also served as a North-eastern Judicial Circuit superior court judge.

In 1981, Deal became a Member of the Georgia Senate from the 49th district as a Democrat. He served in this position until 1993 and was elected as the President Pro Tempore of the Democratic Party in 1990. On January 3, 1993, he entered the US Congress as a Democrat, succeeding Ed Jenkins. However, in 1995, he switched to the Republican Party after it took control of the US House of Representatives. Deal served eight terms in the U.S. Congress, representing Georgia’s 9th and 10th districts.

During his time in Congress, Deal chaired the Health Subcommittee of Energy and Commerce and was known for his work in health care policy and entitlement reform. He initiated the Citizen Reform Act, H.R. 698, which aimed to remove birthright citizenship for illegal foreigners in the US.

In 2010, Deal resigned from Congress to run for Governor of Georgia. He won the Republican primary election and went on to defeat the Democratic nominee and Libertarian nominee in the general election. Deal assumed office as the 82nd Governor of Georgia on January 10, 2011. As Governor, he focused on competitiveness initiatives, education reform, tax code reform, and public safety.

Personal Life & Legacy

Nathan Deal is married to Sandra Dunagan, who is the First Lady of Georgia. They have one son, Jason, and three daughters, Katie, Carrie, and Mary Emily. Sandra is actively involved in education and serves as Chair of the Governor’s Office for Children and Family. She also serves as Co-Chair of the Georgia Children’s Cabinet and is involved in community service and volunteering.

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