Nathan Deal was sworn in as governor of Georgia on January 10, 2011, and was sworn in for his second term on January 12, 2015.
Deal was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1992. Prior to that, he served in the Georgia Senate from 1981 to 1993 and was named president pro tempore in his last term. Deal also worked as a lawyer, assistant district attorney, and judge.
He attended Mercer University and received his law degree from the Walter F. George School of Law in Macon before serving as an officer in the U.S. Army. He is an active member of the First Baptist Church in Gainesville, where he has served as a deacon and a Sunday school teacher.
Sandra Deal has centered her life on matters involving family and children in her roles as mother, grandmother, teacher and volunteer in her church. Following her parents' example, Mrs. Deal chose teaching as a profession. She graduated from what is now Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville.
Mrs. Deal has since retired from education and devotes her time to being a partner in her husband's public service and an active grandmother. Her platform as first lady, “With a Servant’s Heart,” is based on a foundation of volunteerism, community involvement and outreach.
The first lady and her husband, Governor Nathan Deal, met on a blind date as college students. They have been married since 1966 and have four children and six grandchildren. They are members of First Baptist Church in Gainesville, Georgia.