In 2020, Stan Gunter was elected to the Georgia State House of Representatives, representing the 8th legislative district covering Union, Towns, and Rabun Counties, along with a part of White County. As the Judiciary Committee Chairman, he is also a member of the Agriculture & Consumer Affairs, Appropriations, Economic Development & Tourism, Ethics, Health, Judiciary Non-Civil-Ex-Officio, and Rules Committees. Additionally, he served as Deputy Whip during the 2023 Legislative Session.
Stan was raised in Habersham County where he graduated from Habersham Central High School in Cornelia, Georgia. He earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry from North Georgia College. Upon graduation he took a job with the Department of Agriculture as he worked his way through law school at Woodrow Wilson College of Law in Atlanta.
Stan began the private practice of law in Blairsville, Georgia in 1991 concentrating in real estate law and litigation while raising a family and getting more involved in the community. He was elected as District Attorney for the Enotah Judicial Circuit in 1999 where he served for twelve years. Stan reorganized the District Attorney’s office, improving case management internal connectivity and communication and implementing best-practice systems that are still utilized today. Stan served as President of the Georgia District Attorneys’ Association in 2003-2004.
In 2011, Stan became the Executive Director of the Prosecuting Attorneys’ Council where he spent a lot of time at the Georgia State Capitol. During this time, he focused on creating relationships and improving transparency within the council to better train and support Georgia’s elected and appointed prosecutors statewide. Then, in 2012 he was appointed by Nathan Deal as Superior Court Judge for the Enotah Judicial Circuit where he served until his recent retirement.
Stan has always taken a role in his community, from coaching youth sports while raising his children, to serving as President of the Union County Chamber of Commerce as well as President of the local Rotary where he was a member for more than 20 years. Stan was also a member of the Atlanta Lawyers Chapter of the Federalist Society and is a proud member of the Leadership Georgia class of 2003.
Stan married his wife and best friend, Rita, in 1982. They are blessed with two sons and five grandchildren. They are deeply rooted in their faith, and continue to set the example for their family through strong conservative values and prioritizing service to others.