District 6 State Sen. Hunter Hill, R-Smyrna, is running for governor.

Hill, a businessman and former U.S. Army Ranger, announced his candidacy in an April 25 news release. Currently serving his third term in the Senate, Hill represents Vinings and parts of Buckhead and Sandy Springs. His term expires in 2018, the same year as the gubernatorial election. Gov. Nathan Deal can’t run for reelection because he’s term limited.

“I am running to cast a bold vision for Georgia that can only come about with true, conservative leadership,” Hill said. “Republicans have an opportunity to bring about sweeping change in Georgia, and I refuse to stand by and simply mark time. Georgians expect and demand results, and I am ready to deliver.

“In the coming months, I’m going to take my message directly to Georgians. I am dedicated to America’s founding values and principles of God-given rights, limited government, free enterprise and expanded liberty. I have fought to defend these values in Afghanistan and Iraq and in the Georgia Senate.”

Hill is a native of Vinings. After graduating from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point with a bachelor’s degree in general management and civil engineering, he became a second lieutenant in the Army. He went on to graduate from the Airborne, the Air Assault and the US Army Ranger Schools.

In June 2001, Hill took command of a rifle platoon with the 101st Airborne Division, which he led into battle in Afghanistan in 2002. Hunter subsequently led another platoon into battle in Iraq in 2003 and he commanded three different teams on other deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan.

In addition to his combat roles, Hunter also served as a General’s aide in Iraq, and earned two Bronze Stars, the Meritorious Service Medal, and two Army Commendation Medals.

Like his Army career, Hunter’s business career is about leadership development. Hunter is currently the President of Tommy Newberry Coaching, where he leverages his military, real estate development, and security industry experience to lead and grow his business.

Hill was first elected to the Senate in 2012 and was appointed by his colleagues to serve as deputy whip. He was chosen to serve as chairman of the Veterans, Military and Homeland Security Committee, as well as vice chairman of the Senate Finance Committee. He is also a member of the Appropriations, Judiciary Non-Civil, Retirement, Reapportionment and Redistricting and Rules committees. In addition to his leadership roles in the Senate, Hill is also very active in the community.

He has volunteered to assist the Smyrna Veterans Committee and currently serves on the board of directors for The National Infantry Museum. Hill also serves on the Georgia Energy Forum and as an advisory board member for Promise686, a nonprofit ministry devoted to mobilizing churches and families to care for foster and orphaned children. He graduated from the inaugural class of the Conservative Policy Leadership Institute in 2010.

Hill and his wife, Shannan, have two children: Hunter Jr. and Annie. The Hills attend Peachtree Presbyterian Church in Buckhead.

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