David Shafer began serving the Georgia Senate in 2002. On January 14, 2013, his fellow Senators
unanimously elected him the 68th President Pro Tempore of the Senate and re-elected him two years later. Today, he represents the people of the 48th Senate District while serving as the Senate President Pro Tempore.
Senator Shafer is a conservative work horse who has sponsored legislation to implement zero based budgeting, limit tax increases and provide for the periodic review of government regulations.
In addition to his duties as Senate President Pro Tempore, Senator Shafer is also vice chairman of the Senate Insurance and Labor Committee and a member of the Senate Appropriations, Health and Human Services and Reapportionment and Redistricting Committees. He is an ex-officio member of the Senate Regulated Industries and Utilities and Rules Committees.
Senator Shafer served as the Executive Director of the Georgia Republican Party in the early 1990′s. In 1996, Republican Voters of Georgia nominated him as the Republican candidate in a special statewide election for Secretary of State. His campaign’s central platform was fighting voter fraud, and his centerpiece idea—requiring voters to show identification when voting—was passed into law in 1997.
He is a business owner and investor. He served on the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.
Senator Shafer is involved in the community. He has served terms as vice chairman of the Gwinnett County Library System Board of Trustees and as a member on the former Gwinnett-Forsyth Regional Library System Board of Trustees. He has also served on the Board of Directors for both the United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Atlanta and the Partnership Against Domestic Violence (formerly Georgia Council on Battered Women).
Raised in DeKalb County, Senator Shafer was educated in DeKalb County Public Schools. He is a graduate of The University of Georgia. He was a founding member of the Board of Directors of the National Alumni Association and now serves on the Board of Visitors. He has made Gwinnett County his home since graduating from college. He lives in Duluth with his wife Lee and daughter Ellie. His stepson J.W. is also a graduate of the University of Georgia. The Shafers are members of Pleasant Hill Presbyterian Church