Richard Woods (politician)

Richard Woods is an American politician and educator who is currently the Georgia Superintendent of Schools, a position he was elected to in 2014. He was reelected to his position in 2018, defeating his Democratic opponent Otha Thornton with slightly over 53% of the vote.[1]

Richard Woods
Richard Woods at Cobb County GOP Breakfast (cropped).jpg
Georgia Superintendent of Schools
Assumed office
January 12, 2015
GovernorNathan Deal
Brian Kemp
Preceded byJohn Barge
Personal details
BornPensacola, Florida, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
EducationKennesaw State University (BA)
Valdosta State University (MA)

Woods received his bachelor's degree from Kennesaw State University and his master's degree from Valdosta State University. His career in education has spanned over twenty-five years, including fourteen in the classroom as a high school teacher. He spent an additional eight years working as a school administrator, in positions such as assistant principal and alternative school director. Woods also worked as a purchasing agent for a multi-national laser company and has been a small business owner.[2]

Personal lifeEdit

Woods was born in Pensacola, Florida as part of a military family. The family moved frequently, living in California, Hawaii, and Virginia before finally settling in Georgia. Woods is a graduate of Fitzgerald High School. He is married to Lisha, a retired educator of thirty years, and has been a long-time resident of Tifton.[3]


  1. ^ "November 6, 2018 General Election". GA - Election Night Reporting. Georgia Secretary of State. November 10, 2018. Retrieved 10 November 2018.
  2. ^ "Richard Woods Georgia's School Superintendent". Retrieved December 29, 2018.
  3. ^ "Richard Woods Georgia's School Superintendent". Retrieved December 29, 2018.
Political offices
Preceded by Georgia Superintendent of Schools