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This article is on the political party of the U.S. state of Georgia. For a political party in the nation of Georgia, see Republican Party of Georgia.
Georgia Republican Party
Party Chairman Sue Everhart
Senate Leader Chip Rogers
House Leader Glenn Richardson
Founded 1854
Headquarters 3110 Maple Drive
Atlanta, GA 30305
Political ideology Center-right
Conservatism
Economic liberalism
National affiliation Republican Party
Color(s) Red (unofficial)
Web Site www.gagop.org

The Georgia Republican Party is one of the two major political parties in the U.S. state of Georgia. It is affiliated with the United States Republican Party.

Leadership

Governor Sonny Perdue is the titular head of the Georgia Republican Party. Sue Everhart is the State Chairman, and Toby Carr is the Executive Director. Alec Poitevint, who recently stepped down after his third term as Chairman, serves as Republican National Committeeman representing Georgia. Linda Herren serves as the National Committeewoman.

History

The modern Georgia Republican Party traces its roots to the 1964 Presidential campaign of U.S. Senator Barry Goldwater, who became the first Republican Presidential candidate to carry Georgia since Reconstruction. Georgia Republicans struggled through the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s and 1990s to become a major party, occasionally winning victories such as the election of U.S. Senator Mack Mattingly in 1980, only to see those gains erased in subsequent elections. In 1966 Republican Howard Callaway received the plurality of votes for governor but failed to win, when the election was decided by the Democratic Party-controlled Georgia legislature. In 2002 Sonny Perdue was elected as the first Republican governor of Georgia since Reconstruction.

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