Gary Black graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Georgia in agriculture education. He began his career with the Georgia Farm Bureau, leading the young farmer development program. He is deeply passionate about agriculture, having served in the industry for 40 years.
Prior to becoming the Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture, Black spent 21 years as president of the Georgia Agribusiness Council. He currently serves on advisory committees for the United States Department of Agriculture, Environmental Protection Agency and the Export Import Bank of the United States. He is currently working to improve innovation in the agricultural field, specifically in jobs, food safety, and technology.
Black is in support of voter ID laws. He believes that they will make elections more honest and secure and would advocate against their removal. Black believes that the current system of ballot collecting is corrupt and dangerous.
Black believes having education under local control is integral to a successful learning experience. He plans to advocate for multiple paths to post-secondary success by supporting the technical college system.
Black believes that illegal immigration is a significant problem in America. He would address it by advocating for increased border security, including a wall, and for the enforcement of immigration laws. Black does not support amnesty in any form.
Black believes in improving Georgia’s infrastructure by building roads and bridges, strengthening ports, and securing power grids. Black also discusses creating economic opportunity by expanding jobs in all fields during the current labor shortage and giving smaller businesses the support they need to thrive.
Black believes in the protection of the Second Amendment, and has vowed to stand strong against plans to take away the right to bear arms.
U.S. Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith, Former Gov. Nathan Deal, Former Congressman Doug Collins, Public Service Commissioner Bubba McDonald, Public Service, Commissioner Tricia Pridemore, and Public Service Commissioner Jason Shaw