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Charlie Bethel (born 1976)[1] is an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of Georgia. He is a former Judge of the Georgia Court of Appeals. Before his judicial tenure, he served as Senator in the Georgia General Assembly from Dalton, Georgia.[2] Bethel was first elected Senator in the 2010 general election and served Georgia's 54th district—a constituency which includes Murray and Whitfield counties, and portions of Gordon and Pickens counties as well.[3]

Charlie Bethel
Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of Georgia
Assumed office
October 2, 2018
Appointed byNathan Deal
Preceded byHarris Hines
Judge of the Georgia Court of Appeals
In office
January 1, 2017 – October 2, 2018
Appointed byNathan Deal
Preceded byMichael P. Boggs
Succeeded byvacant
Member of the Georgia Senate
from the 54th district
In office
2011 – December 31, 2016
Personal details
Born1976 (age 42–43)
Athens, Georgia, U.S.
EducationUniversity of Georgia, Terry College of Business B.B.A.
University of Georgia School of Law J.D.


Early life and educationEdit

Charlie Bethel graduated cum laude in 1998 from the University of Georgia's Terry College of Business with a Bachelor of Business Administration in business management. He stayed with the University of Georgia, graduating with a Juris Doctor from the University of Georgia School of Law in 2001. Bethel was admitted to the State Bar of Georgia in 2001 and practiced law from 2003–2005. He is admitted to practice law in all of Georgia's state courts, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, and the Supreme Court of the United States. Bethel was an assistant solicitor for the city of Dalton from 2003–2004.

Political careerEdit

Bethel was elected in 2010 and sworn into the Georgia Senate in 2011.[2] Bethel was a three-term Senator[4] and sat on the Senate Government Oversight, Insurance and Labor, Judiciary, Judiciary Non-Civil, and Reapportionment and Redistricting committees.[2]

Judicial careerEdit

Georgia Court of AppealsEdit

On November 9, 2016, the day after being elected to his fourth Senate term,[4] Bethel was appointed to be a Judge of the Georgia Court of Appeals by Governor Nathan Deal. He assumed the seat of Michael P. Boggs who was appointed to the Supreme Court of Georgia.[1] He took the bench on January 1, 2017, for a term that would have ended on December 31, 2018.

Georgia Supreme CourtEdit

On September 14, 2018, Governor Deal appointed Bethel to the Supreme Court of Georgia to fill the seat vacated by the retirement of Harris Hines.[4][5] He was sworn into office on October 2, 2018.[6]


  1. ^ a b "Ex-Sen. Charlie Bethel (SD 54): Here come da judge".
  2. ^ a b c Senator Charlie Bethel. Retrieved June 28, 2013.
  3. ^ District 54 Senator Charlie Bethel (R). Retrieved June 28, 2013.
  4. ^ a b c Oliver, Charles. "Dalton native Charlie Bethel named to Supreme Court of Georgia". The Daily Citizen. Retrieved 2018-09-24.
  5. ^ "9/14/18 - CHIEF JUSTICE MELTON ON APPOINTMENT OF NEW JUSTICE TO SUPREME COURT". Supreme Court of Georgia. Retrieved 2018-09-24.
  6. ^ Nolin, Jill (2018-10-03). "Bethel assumes high court bench". Valdosta Daily Times. Retrieved 2018-10-18.

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Preceded by
Michael P. Boggs
Judge of the Georgia Court of Appeals
Preceded by
Harris Hines
Associate Justice of the Georgia Supreme Court