Interview with Nathan Deal, Feburary 1, 2007

Collection: Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection

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Nathan Deal worked as a lawyer, assistant district attorney and judge, before being elected to the Georgia State Senate in 1981. He served until 1993, and was president pro tempore in his last term. Deal was elected in 1992 as a Democrat to the U.S. Congress, but four months into his second term he switched to the Republican Party. He went on to win his first term as a Republican in 1996, and ran a successful campaign to become Governor of Georgia in 2010. In this interview Deal discusses his path into politics and describes how he came to change his party affiliation from Democrat to Republican in 1995, shortly after his reelection to the U.S. House of Representatives. Deal also elaborates on his positions regarding a number of issues, including immigration reform, U.S. foreign policy with Iraq and Afghanistan, social programs, tax policy, environmental issues, and global trade policies.








Nathan Deal and Bob Short, “Interview with Nathan Deal, Feburary 1, 2007,” UGA Special Collections Libraries Oral Histories, accessed December 7, 2022,