Casey was born in Gainesville, Georgia and raised by his single mother. Before the sixth grade, he attended eight different elementary schools while moving from trailer parks to apartments, his mother doing her best to make ends meet.
Casey graduated from Johnson High School and went on to Georgia Southern University after being recruited to play football. After injury ended his dreams of competitive football, Casey returned to Gainesville to begin his successful career as a business owner and entrepreneur.
Casey started what would turn into a successful tuxedo rental company; he expanded the retail business into multiple locations in North Georgia. Casey also founded Southern Heritage Bank in 1999 and served as its chairman until it merged into Gainesville Bank & Trust in 2004, and later SunTrust Banks in 2008.
After spending a number of years as the State Senator for Gainesville’s Senate District 49, Casey made history in 2006 by becoming the first Republican ever elected to Georgia’s second highest office of lieutenant governor. After winning re-election in November of 2010, Georgia voters overwhelmingly re-elected him again in November 2014, returning Casey to office for his third term.
Casey has established himself as a bold leader and champion for education and economic development. His business experience and outlook has propelled him to prominent leadership roles during his time in office, allowing him to bring a common sense private sector approach to state government by balancing Georgia’s budget without raising taxes.
Casey has dedicated his life to public service, supporting free enterprise solutions, ensuring all children in Georgia have access to a personalized educational environment suited for their individual talents and needs, and improving health and wellness for today’s youth.
In October 2016, Casey published his first book, Education Unleashed, to outline his vision for a public education system that will develop the strongest workforce in the world. In addition to celebrating achievements realized under his leadership, Education Unleashed charts a bold path forward for Georgia’s future.
Notwithstanding his many accomplishments in private and public life, Casey is most proud to be a husband, father and grandfather.
Hunter Hill is a native of Vinings, Georgia. He and his family live in Smyrna. After graduating from the United States Military Academy at West Point with a Bachelor of Science degree in General Management and Civil Engineering, Hunter became a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Army. He went on to graduate from the Airborne, the Air Assault, and the US Army Ranger Schools. In June 2001, Hunter took command of a rifle platoon with the 101st Airborne Division, which he led into battle in Afghanistan in 2002. Hunter subsequently led another platoon into battle in Iraq in 2003 and he commanded 3 different teams on other deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan. In addition to his combat roles, Hunter also served as a General’s aide in Iraq, and earned two Bronze Stars, the Meritorious Service Medal, and two Army Commendation Medals. Like his Army career, Hunter’s business career is about leadership development. Hunter is currently the President of Tommy Newberry Coaching, where he leverages his military, real estate development, and security industry experience to lead and grow his business. Senator Hill was elected to the State Senate in 2012 and was appointed by his colleagues to serve as deputy whip. He was chosen to serve as Chairman of the Veterans, Military and Homeland Security Committee, as well as Vice Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee. He is also a member of the Appropriations, Judiciary Non-Civil, Retirement, Reapportionment and Redistricting and Rules committees. In addition to his leadership roles in the Senate, Hunter is also very active in the community. He has volunteered to assist the Smyrna Veterans Committee and currently serves on the Board of Directors for The National Infantry Museum. Hunter also serves on the Georgia Energy Forum and as an Advisory Board member for Promise686, a nonprofit ministry devoted to mobilizing churches and families to care for foster and orphaned children. Hunter graduated from the inaugural class of the Conservative Policy Leadership Institute in 2010. Hunter is married to Shannan Reese Hill. They are the proud parents of Hunter Bradley Hill, Junior and Annie Christine Hill. The Hills attend Peachtree Presbyterian Church in Buckhead.
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