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Gary Black

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Personal Details

Gary Black (Republican) is the Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture. Black was elected to the office on November 2, 2010.

Before becoming commissioner, Black co-managed the Georgia Food Industry Partnership for 13 years. He also served as president of the Georgia Agribusiness Council and as a field representative in the Georgia Farm Bureau.

Black graduated from the University of Georgia in 1980 with a Bachelor's degree in agricultural education.

Education

  • B.A. in agricultural education, University of Georgia (1980)
Elections

2018

General election
General election for Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture

Incumbent Gary Black (R) defeated Fred Swann (D) in the general election for Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture on November 6, 2018.

Candidate
%
Votes

Gary Black (R)
53.1
2,040,097

Fred Swann (D)
46.9
1,803,383

Total votes: 3,843,480
Democratic primary election
Democratic primary for Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture

Fred Swann advanced from the Democratic primary for Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture on May 22, 2018.

Candidate
%
Votes

Fred Swann (D)
100
444,869

Total votes: 444,869
Republican primary election
Republican primary for Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture

Incumbent Gary Black advanced from the Republican primary for Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture on May 22, 2018.

Candidate
%
Votes

Gary Black (R)
100
481,263

Total votes: 481,263


2014

Black ran for re-election as Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture in 2014. He was uncontested in the Republican primary and faced Democrat Chris Irvin in the general election on November 4, 2014.

Results

Agriculture Commissioner of Georgia, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
Republican Green check mark transparent.pngGary Black Incumbent 58.3% 1,462,039
Democrat Christopher Irvin 41.7% 1,047,339
Total Votes 2,509,378
Election results via Georgia Secretary of State

2010

Black won election in the November 2010 election, defeating Democratic candidate J.B. Powell and Libertarian Kevin Cherry.

Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
Republican Green check mark transparent.pngGary Black 56% 1,426,746
Democratic J.B. Powell 40.4% 1,027,373
Libertarian Kevin Cherry 3.6% 91,447
Total Votes 2,545,566
Election results via Georgia Secretary of State

2006

Black first ran for commissioner of agriculture in 2006, losing to incumbent Commissioner Irvin.

Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture, 2006
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngTommy Irvin 56% 1,168,371
Republican Gary Black 40.6% 846,395
Libertarian Jack Cashin 3.4% 70,015
Total Votes 2,084,781
Election results via Georgia Secretary of State