David Ralston

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David Ralston is a Republican member of the Georgia House of Representatives for the 7th district, encompassing parts of Dawson County, Fannin County, and Gilmer County.[1] Since January 11, 2010, he served as its 73rd Speaker.[1][2]


David Ralston was born in Ellijay, Georgia.[1] He attended Young Harris College, graduated from North Georgia College and State University, and later from the University of Georgia School of Law.[1][2]

From 1992 to 1998, he served as a member of the Georgia Senate.[1][2] In 2002, he was elected to the Georgia House of Representatives for the 7th district.[1][2] He became its Speaker in 2010, following the resignation of Glenn Richardson.[2][3] As such, he is the first state house speaker from North Georgia in more than 150 years.[4]

He also works as an attorney in Blue Ridge, Georgia.[1][2][3] He is a member of the Fannin County Chamber of Commerce, the Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association, and the Blue Ridge Lions Club.[1][2] He is married with two children.[1][2]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Legislature biography
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h Speaker of the House biography
  3. ^ a b Aaron Gould Sheinin, 'Republicans back Ralston for speaker', in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, December 17, 2009 [1]
  4. ^ Ashley Fielding, 'State leaders put North Ga. in seat of power', in The Gainesville Times, January 10, 2010 [2]
Political offices
Preceded by
Glenn Richardson
Speaker of the Georgia House of Representatives Succeeded by