Karen Handel is a life-long conservative who built her career on delivering results in both the public and private sectors.
As Chairman of the Fulton County Board of Commissioners, Karen quickly turned a $100 million deficit into a balanced budget. As Georgia’s first elected Republican Secretary of State, Karen led the state’s implementation of photo ID for voting, which became the national model for the law. She successfully defended and implemented the law during the 2008 presidential elections, which saw record minority and overall voter participation. Karen’s private sector experience includes executive management positions with CIBA Vision and the accounting firm of KPMG. She also served as president and CEO of the North Fulton Chamber of Commerce, where she led the chamber from the brink of bankruptcy to solvency, while driving an aggressive economic development program that helped create tens of thousands of jobs in North Metro Atlanta.
Karen and her husband Steve have lived in the 6th Congressional District for nearly 25 years and currently reside in Roswell with their Cavaliers Abbie and Sadie.