Casey Cagle Sworn In as Georgia's First Republican Lieutenant Governor

January 8, 2007

(Atlanta, GA) – Today, former State Senator Casey Cagle took the oath of office to serve as Georgia’s Lieutenant Governor. Cagle made history today as he became the first Republican Lt. Governor since the position was mandated in Georgia’s Constitution in 1945. Cagle follows in the footsteps of men such as Pierre Howard and Zell Miller.

Cagle addressed a crowd of thousands at the Philips Arena soon after being sworn in. Focusing his inaugural speech on three of his top priorities, Cagle called for unity in the Senate where Senators rise above partisan politics; an education system where the local solutions achieve state-wide results; and a pro-job culture throughout state government where economic development is strengthened and more well-paying jobs are brought to Georgia.

"It is with gratitude to the people of Georgia that I began my service as Lt. Governor. The office of Lt. Governor belongs to the people of Georgia and I intend to rise above party and put the needs of our people and our state first.   I will deliver on my promise to create opportunities for all Georgians and together we will make our vision for Georgia a reality," Cagle said.

Cagle grew up in Hall County, Georgia and was raised by a single mother who he credits as the visionary for his success. He married the former Nita Pinson in 1986 and together they have three sons. Cagle is a self-made business leader in the real estate and banking industries. At 20, Cagle bought his first company, a retail clothing store, and expanded it to multiple locations. Cagle served in the State Senate for 12 years before being elected as Lt. Governor.