Lowell S. “Casey” Cagle was born January 12, 1966, in Gainesville, Georgia. Raised by a single mother, Casey learned early the challenges that single-parent families face. But with the love and support of his mother, Casey overcame these challenges against many odds. Since childhood, his mother instilled the values of hard-work and honesty that define Casey Cagle’s career in public service.
After a leg injury ended his dreams of playing college football, Casey returned to Gainesville in 1986 and became the proprietor of his first small business, a tuxedo rental company. At just twenty years old, Casey began realizing the American dream as his business expanded throughout North Georgia. After founding Southern Heritage Bank in 1999 and earning his reputation as a community and business leader in Gainesville, Casey focused his efforts on serving the citizens of Georgia. In 1994, he was elected the youngest state Senator at just 28 years old, and was overwhelmingly reelected five times.
In the Senate, Casey rapidly established himself as a capable and effective lawmaker. He was appointed to serve as Chairman of the Finance Committee, Vice Chairman of Science and Technology, and as a member of the Appropriations Committee and Natural Resources Committee. Casey’s ability to build consensus made him a successful leader in lowering taxes, protecting private property rights, and standing up for Georgia’s families.
In 2006, Casey Cagle became Georgia’s 11th Lieutenant Governor. As the first ever Republican in Georgia to serve in that office, Casey applied his conservative principles to help make Georgia a place where businesses could grow and families could prosper. Championing the Charter Systems Act and a driving force behind the state’s Career Academy Initiative, Casey improved education in our state while providing a career technical education path for Georgia’s high school students.
Casey’s leadership has been recognized beyond Georgia as well. After being named one of the 100 most influential Georgians, Casey was one of four public servants in the country to be honored by the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools with the Champion for Charters Award.
Throughout his years in public service, Casey has always fought to lower taxes and cut wasteful spending. As a state senator, he was a leader in the legislative effort to simplify Georgia’s corporate tax code and cosponsored legislation that would completely phase the state income tax out of existence. During his time as Lt. Governor, he led the effort to cut nearly $3 billion in government spending and championed important tax cuts to help encourage business development and job creation in Georgia.
An avid triathlete, Casey leads Healthy Kids Georgia, an effort to encourage local partnerships that introduce children to healthy lifestyle options. Under the slogan of “Be Fit. Be Healthy. Be You.” the initiative helps acquaint our children with ways to improve their health and wellness. Together, local communities are beginning to stem the tide of childhood obesity in ways that are proven to increase academic achievement and reduce long-term healthcare costs.
Above all, Casey acknowledges that his family is his greatest accomplishment. Married to his high school sweetheart Nita, Casey is the proud father of his three sons, Jared, Grant, and Carter.