David Poythress

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David Poythress
David Poythress 1.jpg
Georgia Commissioner of Labor
In office
Preceded by Al Scott
Succeeded by Michael Thurmond
22nd Secretary of State of Georgia
In office
January 1979 – January 1983
Governor George Busbee
Preceded by Benjamin W. Fortson, Jr.
Succeeded by Max Cleland
Personal details
Born (1943-10-24)October 24, 1943
Bibb County, Georgia, U.S.
Died January 15, 2017(2017-01-15) (aged 73)
Cartersville, Georgia, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Elizabeth Poythress
Alma mater Emory University
Profession Politician
Military service
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch United States Air Force
Rank Lieutenant General

David B. Poythress (October 24, 1943 – January 15, 2017) was a Georgia politician, born in Bibb County, Georgia.[1] He served terms as Secretary of State and Commissioner of Labor of the state of Georgia. Poythress also served as the Adjutant General of the Georgia National Guard from 1999 until 2007, initially appointed by Governor Roy Barnes and subsequently reappointed by Governor Sonny Perdue. He retired as a Lieutenant General.

In 1998, Poythress made an unsuccessful bid for Governor of Georgia.[2] On August 26, 2008, Poythress announced his intention to run again as a Democratic candidate for Governor in the 2010 election.[3] In both 1998 and 2010, Poythress lost to Roy Barnes.[4]

Poythress and his wife Elizabeth had three grown children and eight grandchildren. He was a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity. Pothyress died on January 15, 2017 at the age of 73.[5]



  1. ^ Georgia. Dept. of Archives and History (1981). Georgia Official and Statistical Register. Retrieved 2015-08-04. 
  2. ^ "Macon Native Announces for Governor". 13wmaz.com. Retrieved 2015-08-04. 
  3. ^ AJC: Announcement
  4. ^ "Statewide Election Results | ajc.com". Archived from the original on 2010-07-24. Retrieved 2015-08-04. 
  5. ^ David Poythress Passed Away

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Preceded by
Benjamin W. Fortson, Jr.
Secretary of State of Georgia
Succeeded by
Max Cleland
Preceded by
Al Scott
Georgia Commissioner of Labor
Succeeded by
Michael Thurmond