Governing Board and Overview Committee

Brian P. Kemp
Governor

Brian Kemp is a husband, father, businessman, and public servant. 

On November 6, 2018, he was elected as Georgia's 83rd Governor, earning more votes than any gubernatorial candidate in state history. 

Governor Kemp built his first business – Kemp Development and Construction Company – with a pick-up truck and a shovel. Over thirty years later, he is a successful entrepreneur with businesses and investments in banking, farming, timber, manufacturing, and real estate. 

Kemp served on the Board of Suncrest Stone in Tifton, as a Founding Director of First Madison Bank, and on the St. Mary’s Hospital Board in Athens. From the backhoe to the Board Room, Governor Kemp understands how to successfully create jobs, grow companies, recruit start-ups, and make deals on the international stage while also providing opportunities for hundreds of hardworking Georgians. 

Out of frustration with government, Brian Kemp ran for public office in the early 2000s. 

In the State Senate, Kemp was instrumental in fighting to cut fees, taxes, and mandates on job creators and Georgia families. As Secretary of State, Kemp utilized technology and innovation to cut bureaucratic red tape, slash spending, and streamline government. 

As Governor, Brian Kemp will fight to make Georgia #1 for small business through regulatory reform. He will ensure that all parts of our state - including rural Georgia - have opportunities to grow and thrive. Kemp will fundamentally reform state government, keep our families safe, and always put hardworking Georgians first. 

Kemp, 55, is married to the former Marty Argo of Athens. They are the proud parents of three daughters – Jarrett, Lucy, and Amy Porter - and are active members of Emmanuel Episcopal Church. 

Geoff Duncan
Lieutenant Governor

Geoff Duncan is Georgia's Lieutenant Governor-elect. Geoff was previously elected to the Georgia House of Representatives in 2012. He and his wife Brooke have been married for 20 years and have three boys, Parker 16, Bayler 12 and Ryder 8. Their family resides in Forsyth County and attends Browns Bridge Community Church, which is an affiliate of North Point Community Church.

Geoff and Brooke are high school sweethearts who both later attended Georgia Tech. Geoff was a scholarship pitcher on the baseball team at Tech and was later drafted by the Florida Marlins Organization. Geoff spent six seasons pitching in the minors and reached the AAA level until retiring due to injury in 2001.

After retiring from baseball Geoff and his wife Brooke started a small marketing company, eventually allowing them the opportunity to work with several Fortune 500 companies. They grew the company and 4 years later, Geoff and Brooke sold it and moved onto their next challenge. Geoff currently remains active as an entrepreneur with a focus in the venture capital space. Most recently, Geoff served as CEO of a health tech startup company.

Since being elected to the Georgia House of Representatives in 2012 Rep. Duncan has authored several very important pieces of legislation such as HB749-The Cargo Theft Act, HB152-Michael’s Law and most recently SB258 which is bringing over $200 million to Georgia’s rural hospitals.

Geoff is an instrument rated private pilot, has coached 23 youth sports teams and leads a couples Bible study every week with his wife Brooke.

dAVID rALSTON
Speaker of the Georgia House of Representatives

David Ralston is the 73rd Speaker of the Georgia House of Representatives, a position he has held since 2010. He was first elected to the Georgia House of Representatives in 2002, and represents House District 7, which includes Fannin and Gilmer counties and a portion of Dawson County. As a member of the House of Representatives, Ralston previously served as Chairman of the Judiciary Non-Civil Committee and Vice Chairman of the Judiciary Committee. Prior to serving in the House, Ralston served in the Georgia State Senate from 1992 until 1998 when he won the Republican nomination for Attorney General of Georgia. He serves as an Executive Committee member of the National Speakers Conference, the National Conference of State Legislatures, and the Southern Legislative Conference. Born in Ellijay, Ralston is a graduate of Gilmer County High School. He went on to attend Young Harris College and North Georgia College (now the University of North Georgia), where he earned his bachelor’s degree with honors. He later received his law degree from the University Of Georgia. Aside from his legislative duties, Ralston is an attorney in Blue Ridge. He is an active member of his community, participating with the Fannin County Chamber of Commerce and the Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association.

Christopher Nunn
Commissioner, Georgia Department of Community Affairs

Christopher Nunn was appointed Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) by Governor Nathan Deal in September 2017. At DCA, he leads state efforts to ensure that by creating and supporting workforce housing, community infrastructure, downtown development and economic development, communities are prepared for opportunities to meet Governor Deal’s top priority of creating jobs across the state. DCA manages nearly $300 million each year of state and federal dollars through its 65 programs, providing funding and technical assistance throughout Georgia, and partnering with local communities to create a climate of success for Georgia’s families and businesses.

Prior to his role at DCA, Commissioner Nunn served as Commissioner of the Department of Administrative Services (DOAS). And before joining DOAS, Commissioner Nunn was Deputy Commissioner for Community Development & Finance at DCA, where he led efforts to support community and economic development activities.

Before entering public service, Commissioner Nunn provided professional services and leadership in the private sector. He held the role of Chief Operating Officer for an Atlanta-based accounting firm, where he was responsible for all business aspects of the $25-million, 150-person firm. At Windham Brannon, Commissioner Nunn’s primary focus included strategic planning, financial management, new business development, and organizational development. He also provided day-to-day oversight for HR, accounting, and IT. Under his leadership, the firm expanded its service offerings, grew nearly 25 percent, and developed a talented next generation of leaders. Commissioner Nunn also spent 8 years with Russell Reynolds Associates, a global leader in executive recruitment and assessment, where he led the Southeast CFO practice and worked closely with clients around the world, including successfully completing more than 120 assignments to identify and attract Board and C-level corporate leadership. Commissioner Nunn’s private sector career began at Arthur Andersen as a strategy consultant.

Originally from Perry, Georgia, he graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Emory University with a B.A. in Political Science. He later earned a Master of International Relations degree from the University of St. Andrews in St. Andrews, Scotland. Commissioner Nunn serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors at Wesley Woods, a senior living ministry that serves more than 1,800 individuals through 10 facilities across North Georgia. He is also active on the Board of Advisors to the Robert T. Jones, Jr. Scholarship Trust at Emory University, and he is a member of Emory’s Board of Visitors. Commissioner Nunn is an involved member of Peachtree Road United Methodist Church, and resides in Atlanta with his wife, Nancy, and their two children.

David Curry
Commissioner - Department of Revenue

Born in Atlanta and raised in Henry County, David Curry earned his bachelor’s degree in Applied Science with an emphasis in Organizational Leadership from Mercer University and master’s degree in Business Administration from Georgia State University.

David Curry’s business career began at Ford Motor Company when he was eighteen. At Ford, he became Six Sigma Certified and participated in a four-year apprenticeship to train as an Industrial Electrician, later being selected as the liaison between Ford and the United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers (UAW) as a Skilled Trades Overtime Coordinator where he coordinated and scheduled over 320 employees.

In 2008, David Curry was elected Tax Commissioner of Henry County. Under his leadership, Henry County became the first tax commissioner’s office in Georgia to be recognized for its efforts in performance excellence with the Georgia Focus Recognition Award. Curry is also a recipient of the Henry County School Board’s Bridge Award for his work connecting schools with the community.

Curry is involved in many organizations, including the Constitutional Officers Association Georgia, Georgia Association of Tax Officials, and Tax Commissioners’ Technology Development Council of Georgia where he served as President from 2011 to 2013.

David Curry has been married to his high school sweetheart, Nicole, for twenty-five years. They have four children: Michaela, Jacob, Kennedy, and Caleb. The Curry’s are active members of Glen Haven Baptist Church in McDonough.

 

Kelly Farr
Director of the Governor's Office of Planning and Budget

Hometown: Martinez, Georgia

Kelly Farr holds a bachelor’s degree in Finance from Augusta University. Farr resides in Cumming with his wife, Jennifer, and two children, Trey and Sydney. Farr offers significant expertise in business development from his work at Lucent Technologies, Capgemini, and most recently, SAS Institute. In these capacities, Farr worked extensively with various state agencies to implement technological advances and improve constituent service. Farr also previously served as Deputy Secretary of State for the Georgia Secretary of State’s Office, responsible for budget management and oversight of daily operations.

Pat Wilson
Commissioner, Georgia Department of Economic Development

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Pat Wilson was appointed Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) by Governor Nathan Deal in November 2016. As Commissioner, he leads the state agency responsible for creating jobs and investment opportunities in Georgia through business recruitmentand expansion, international trade and tourism, as well as the arts, film and music industries.

Mr. Wilson previously served as Chief Operating Officer of GDEcD from January 2011 until his appointment as Commissioner. As COO, he managed the daily operations of the agency, directed long-term strategy, managed the agency’s legislative priorities and served as the department’s liaison with the Georgia Congressional delegation and federal government partners. In this role, Mr. Wilson served as GDEcD’s intergovernmental liaison, working with other state government departments and
agencies to streamline and navigate regulations for major project locations, expansions and film productions. Pat was also involved in the department’s international strategy, taking a particular interest in overseeing trade and foreign direct investment for China. In addition, this position doubles as Executive Director of the Georgia Allies, a public-private marketing partnership between state government and 16 private corporations that pools resources to aggressively promote the state’s
business development priorities.

Mr. Wilson joined GDEcD as Deputy Commissioner for Global Commerce in 2010. Prior to that, he served on the staff of Governor Sonny Perdue as the director of government affairs. In that position, he led efforts to promote Governor Perdue’s legislative agenda at the State Capitol and managed federal affairs for the state of Georgia. He previously served as director of federal affairs for the state, opening the Washington, D.C. office in 2005. There he worked to promote the state’s agenda with the U.S. Congress and federal agencies as the Governor’s representative to the Georgia congressional delegation. Prior to his work in state government, Mr. Wilson was director of governmental affairs for Greenberg Traurig, LLP, in Washington. He served under the late Sen. Paul Coverdell and under then-Rep. Nathan Deal, now Governor of Georgia.

He is a Franklin Springs, Georgia native, and holds an undergraduate degree in political science with a focus on international relations from the University of Georgia. He and his wife Melissa and their two children, Padgett and Carter reside in Sandy Springs.

Overview Committee

Ed Rynders
State Representative - District 152, Chairman

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He is presently serving as the Vice Chairman of the General Government Subcommittee of Appropriations and Vice Chairman for the Health and Human Services Committee. His committee involvement also includes membership on the Intragovernmental Coordination, Legislative and Congressional Reapportionment, and Transporation Committees.

Chairman Rynders is responsible for serving as the voice of the people in House District 152, which covers parts of Colquitt, Dougherty, Lee and Worth Counties. Outside of his legislative duties, Representative Rynders enjoys a career in property management. Married to Jane Waddell Rynders, the couple has 3 children. They are devout members of the First United Methodist Church in Leesburg, Georgia.

 

Butch Parrish
State Representative - District 158

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Larry J. “Butch” Parrish was born in Swainsboro, Georgia and graduated from Swainsboro High School. He is presently serving his 15th term in the Georgia House of Representatives and represents District 158 which includes Emanuel, Candler, Jenkins and portions of Bulloch Counties. He serves as member of Banks & Banking, Economic Development & Tourism and the Rules Committee, and is Chairman of the Health Appropriations Sub-Committee.

He attended the University of Georgia and was president of his senior class in Pharmacy School. He graduated with a B.D. degree in Pharmacy and began practicing pharmacy in Swainsboro.

Butch is past president of the Swainsboro Exchange Club and the Swainsboro/ Emanuel County Chamber of Commerce. He was chosen as one of the Five Outstanding Young Men in Georgia by the Georgia Jaycees. That same year he was selected for the Pharmacist of the Year Award by Phi Delta Chi Pharmaceutical Fraternity at the University of Georgia. Throughout his career he has been active in many state and national pharmacy organizations.

Butch is a member of the First Methodist Church of Swainsboro and has served on its Administrative Board. He has served three terms as a member of the Swainsboro City Council. He also served two terms as a member of the Georgia Department of Community Affairs Board of Directors and served one year as its chairman.

The University Of Georgia College Of Pharmacy has awarded Butch the Distinguished Alumni Award. Butch has received the Wyeth Ayerst Pharmacy Community Service Award. He is a Lifetime Honorary Member of the Georgia Sheriff’s Association.

He is owner of Parrish Properties, a real estate holding company, and Chairman of Medical Center Pharmacy, Inc.

Terry England
Representative - District 16

Representative Terry England took office in 2005, as District 16 representative. Since that time, Speaker Ralston has appointed Terry to numerous boards and commissions to take advantage of his understanding of workforce preparedness, agricultural and rural development. Terry currently serves as Co-Chairman of the Agricultural Education Advisory Commission, as well as a member of the Governor’s Workforce Investment Board and the Georgia Agricultural Exposition Authority Overview Committee. Terry also serves as Chairman of the Southern Legislative Conference Ag and Rural Development Committee and as a member of National Council of State Legislatures Energy Committee. In 2010 Speaker David Ralston appointed Terry as Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee. This Committee is charged with writing the State’s multi-billion dollar budget. Governor Deal appointed 
Representative England to the Oversight Committee of the OneGeorgia Authority in January of 2013.

Representative Terry England has spent his entire working life as a farmer and Agri-businessman. He and his wife, the former Cindy Casper, are life-long residents of Barrow County and live on a farm that has been in the family since his great-great grandfather came home after the Civil War. Terry and his family operated Pete’s Little Idaho Tater Farm on the farm, specializing in produce. Also, during the fall and winter, they operated a Georgia-grown gift basket business featuring food products from all over the state. Since 1998, Terry has been the owner and operator of The Homeport Farm Mart (a farm and garden supply retailer) located in Winder. In 2002, Terry was named by the National Retail Hardware Association as their Young Retailer of the Year in the under $2 million sales category.

In 2003, Terry served as Chairman of the Board of the Barrow County Chamber of Commerce, the organization recently awarded him their Presidential Award for his untiring dedication. He served as a chamber board member for six years and on numerous committees over the last 15 plus years.

Having been a student and continuing supporter of agricultural education and the National FFA Organization, Terry has served as local and Georgia FFA Alumni President and as a member of the National FFA Alumni Executive Council. In 2003, he was awarded the highest honor that the National FFA organization presents, the Honorary American FFA Degree.

While farming, Terry and Cindy were named to the Georgia Farm Bureau Young Farmer Committee and Terry served as State Chairman and on the Georgia Farm Bureau State Board of Directors during their second year on the committee. After serving on the state committee, Terry and Cindy were named to the American Farm Bureau Young Farmer and Rancher Committee, representing the Southeast. Terry has also served as President of the Barrow County Farm Bureau and continues to serve that organization on the board of directors.

Terry and Cindy are active members in the First Baptist Church of Auburn. Terry serves as a Deacon and participates in several other areas of ministry as well, while Cindy is very involved in the Church Nursery/Childcare Ministry and serves as the Church Treasurer and CFO.

Jack Hill
Senator

Senator Jack Hill of Reidsville, a Republican, was first elected to the Georgia Senate from the 4th District in 1990 and was reelected in 2016 to his 14th two-year term. Senator Hill is chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, and also serves on the Natural Resources and the Environment, Regulated Industries and Utilities and Rules committees as well as an ex-officio member of the Finance Committee. Past chairmanships include: K-12 Education, Ethics and Higher Education. 

As Appropriations Chairman, he led the Senate in changing the budget process in Georgia to a results-based form through his efforts to base funding on clearly defined purposes and measurements. His steady leadership with the Executive and Legislative Branches has helped steer the state through difficult economic times. 
Senator Hill served 33 years in the Georgia Air National Guard as a unit commander and as State Inspector General. He retired in 2004 from the United States Air Force Reserve as a Reserve Forces Officer assigned to the Selective Service System. His military service totaled 37 years. 

An active community leader, Senator Hill is the former chairman of the Tattnall County Development Authority, a Lion and Rotarian and headed a local historic preservation project that won a national award. Born July 15, 1944, in Reidsville, Senator Hill graduated from Reidsville High School and Georgia Southern University, (then College) and is a retired grocer. Senator Hill and his wife Ruth Ann, a retired elementary school principal, are the parents of three children and seven grandchildren and are members of the Reidsville Baptist Church. 
The 4th Senatorial District includes: Bulloch, Candler, Effingham, Emanuel (pt.), Evans and Tattnall (pt.) counties.