Nathan Deal announced Monday morning he will resign from U.S. Congress to focus on his run for Georgia governor. The Republican made the statement in his home district of Gainesville.
Deal represents the mountainous 9th District in north Georgia. He served in the Georgia Legislature as a Democrat and was elected to Congress in 1992. The 67-year-old Deal switched to the Republican Party in 1995.
Deal entered the governor's race last spring and said at the time his biggest challenge would be to boost his name recognition outside his district.
This is the second Republican to announce a retirement from Congress. Over the weekend, John Linder said he is stepping-down to wrap an 18-year run. The Representative from Gwinnett County made the announcement at the Saturday dedication of a new GOP headquarters in the county.
Linder was one of Newt Gingrich’s top lieutenants when Gingrich was U.S. House Speaker. Linder has also been a strong advocate for a sales tax to replace the federal income tax.