David Ralston

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David Ralston
73rd Speaker of the Georgia House of Representatives
Assumed office
January 11, 2010
Preceded by Glenn Richardson
Member of the Georgia House of Representatives
from the 7th district
Assumed office
January 13, 2003
Personal details
Born (1954-03-14) March 14, 1954 (age 63)
Ellijay, Georgia, U.S.
Political party Republican
Alma mater Young Harris College
North Georgia College and
State University

University of Georgia

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]

Biography[edit]

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 has two children.[1][2]

References[edit]

  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
2010–present
Incumbent