Former Navy SEAL Clay Tippins is officially “all in,” as he announced his campaign for Governor of Georgia on Wednesday.
Tippins is a self-described common-sense conservative with deep conviction, and he wants to bring his drive and determination to Georgia politics.
He grew up in Gwinnett County, Georgia, and graduated from Shiloh High School, where he was an All-American swimmer and high school national champion. He earned a swimming scholarship to Stanford University, was a member of three National Championship teams and graduated with honors.
Tippins then went on to graduate from the U.S. Navy’s Officer Candidate School (OCS) and served on SEAM Team One. Tippins would later join the Navy SEAL Reserves, where he was promoted to Lieutenant Commander while serving with SEAL Team 18.
He deployed to Iraq in 2015 and was decorated for his efforts in counter-ISIS strike operations.
After he served on SEAL Team One, Tippins worked for several Silicon Valley high-tech companies before he came back to Georgia and worked for a firm that was acquired by Capgemini, a world-renowned international business consulting firm with more than 190,000 employees. He grew to manage the firm’s consulting business for the Eastern United States.
Tippins then went to BrightStar Corporation, where he became managing director for Eastern Europe.
In 2011, Tippins went back to Capgemini and was named Executive Vice President for the firm’s entire North American high-tech, entertainment and telecommunications business.
Throughout this time, Tippins joined the Navy SEAL Reserves and was promoted to Lieutenant Commander while serving with SEAL Team 18.
Tippins also spends time mentoring children with the Boys and Girls Club of America, and he serves as the National Trustee of the Southeastern Division.
Tippins lives in Atlanta with is wife, Lori; they have been married for 20 years and have two children, Henley and Clay “Tip” Jr.
The Tippins are members of Peachtree Road United Methodist Church and are involved in community revitalization efforts in Atlanta’s Westside.
Tippins says he enjoys hunting, fishing, spending time with his family, and riding his tractor on their farm in Juliette, Georgia.
Tippins is running for Governor because he says “Georgia politics needs some positive disruption.”
“Politicians talk about cutting taxes, fixing schools, improving health care, creating jobs, building roads and protecting freedom – but where are the results? I’ve never run for office before but I want to be your Governor because Georgia politics needs some positive disruption,” Tippins says. “I’m angry that cronyism and identity politics have broken America and are endangering Georgia, and I want to do my part to fix it. I graduated from Georgia public schools, earned a swimming scholarship to Stanford University, served as a Navy SEAL, and am a technology business leader. I’m a common-sense conservative with deep conviction. With your help, we can do this differently and build a better Georgia.”