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    Dan Gasaway currently serves as the State Representative for House District 28, which includes Banks, Stephens, and a portion of Habersham County.

    Dan is a 14-year resident of Banks County. He has been married to his wife Shannon, a public school teacher, for 20 years. They are members of the Presbyterian Church, and Dan is an ordained elder.

    Dan was raised in Habersham County and graduated from Habersham Central in 1984.  After graduating from Georgia Tech in 1988, he worked in the architecture field in Atlanta. He managed Ridgway’s Inc., a large commercial printing and graphics company until 1997.  In 1998, he and his wife moved to their property in Banks County, built a commercial poultry farm, and Dan continued his architectural design and construction business. For the past 14 years, Dan has been self-employed.

    Since 2002, Dan has served on the Citizens Foster Care Review Panel for the Banks County Juvenile Court, and currently serves as chairman. He is an avid hunter and fisherman, and enjoys playing tennis as well as the mandolin.



    Senator John Wilkinson of Toccoa joined the Georgia State Senate in 2011 during a special election. He repre- sents Senate District 50, which includes Habersham, Rabun, Towns, Stephens, Banks, Franklin, and portions of Hall and Jackson counties.Senator Wilkinson is a Republican and serves as the Chair- man of the Agriculture and Consumer Affairs Committee and Vice chairman of the Education and Youth Committee. He is also a member of the Appropriations and Government Oversight committees.

    In addition, he is a member of Georgia Agricultural Educa- tion Hall of Fame and has been recognized as an outstand- ing member of the National Association of Supervisors of Agricultural Education in 2006. The University of Georgia College of Agriculture and Environmental Science honored Senator Wilkinson with an Award of Excellence in 2009. Recently, he was named “Policy Maker of the Year” by the Georgia Association for Career and Technical Education in 2012.

    Senator Wilkinson’s government experience extends to his previous career as a program manager at Georgia Depart- ment of Education, overseeing the state’s agricultural edu- cation programs. He also worked as an Executive Secretary for Georgia’s Future Farmers of America Association.

    He received his Bachelor of Science in Agriculture and Mas- ters in Education at The University of Georgia. He is happi- ly married to Debbie Wilkinson, and they have two adult children and five grandchildren. The Wilkinsons attend

    Tates Creek Baptist Church, where Senator Wilkinson is also a Deacon.


    January 2013—Senate Press Office