Presidential Bio


  • Doctor of Laws (Honorary), 2007, Mercer University, Walter F. George School of Law
  • Juris Doctorate, Magna Cum Laude, 1986, Mercer University, Walter F. George School of Law
  • Bachelor of Arts in Journalism, Summa Cum Laude, 1980, University of Georgia, Grady College of Journalism
  • Associate of Science in Agriculture (A.S., Horticulture), 1978, Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College (ABAC)



  • University of Georgia School of Law, January - May 2007 -- Carl E. Sanders Political Leadership Chair
  • Georgia Secretary of State, 1999-2007
  • Georgia Assistant Secretary of State, 1996-1999
  • Georgia House of Representatives, District 160, 1993-1996
  • Lambert, Floyd & Conger, Bainbridge, 1988-1996 -- Attorney/Partner
  • Hansell & Post, Atlanta, 1986-1988 -- Attorney/Associate
  • The Post-Searchlight, Bainbridge, 1982-1983 -- Special Assistant to the Publisher/ Reporter
  • The Times, Gainesville, 1980-1982 -- Reporter



  • State Bar of Georgia, 1986-Present
  • Leadership Georgia, Class of 1990
  • National Association of Secretaries of State, 1999-2007
  • United Methodist Church, Member of Sharp Memorial United Methodist Church, Young Harris, and former member of Bainbridge First United Methodist Church and Glenn Memorial United Methodist Church, Atlanta; Frequent speaker at United Methodist Churches of North and South Georgia Conferences
  • United Community Banks, Inc., Board of Directors
  • Wesleyan College, Trustee Emeritus
  • Georgia Association of Women Lawyers, Member
  • International Women's Forum, Member
  • Bainbridge Rotary Club, Honorary Lifetime Member
  • Bainbridge Pilot Club, Honorary Lifetime Member
  • Georgia Cities Foundation, Director
  • State YMCA of Georgia, Advisory Board
  • University of Georgia's Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication Grady Fellowship Inductee (2013)
  • Ty Cobb Educational Foundation, Board of Trustees