Charlie Bethel was raised in Northwest Georgia and is proud to represent his home community in the State Senate. After earning his business and law degrees from the University of Georgia, Charlie served as a law clerk in the U.S District Court for the Northern District of Georgia for Judge Charles A. Pannell before returning home to Northwest Georgia. Charlie has worked as a practicing attorney and spent over a decade in the flooring industry working for J&J Industries. Today, Charlie has a professional practice dedicated to mediation and conflict resolution.
In the Senate, Sen. Bethel has focused his efforts on matters related to protecting our foundational freedoms and liberties, limiting the scope and size of our federal government, and promoting government reform to improve the operation and ethical standards of our state government. Additionally, Sen. Bethel has worked with his colleagues to pass legislation supporting children and families, increasing access to high quality higher education, reforming our criminal justice system, and supporting roads and infrastructure designed to promote economic growth.
In 2012, the American Conservative Union named Charlie a “Defender of Liberty”, and the following year the National Federation of Independent Business presented him its “Guardian of Small Business Award”. Charlie has also received endorsements from Georgia Right to Life and the National Rifle Association.
Charlie and his wife, Lynsey, were high school sweethearts at Dalton High School, and now live in Dalton with their three children, Henry, Jeb, and Joanna. The Bethel family attends the First Baptist Church of Dalton. Charlie is active in the community having served in various leadership positions with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, United Way, and the Dalton Rotary Club. Senator Bethel is regularly cited as one of the 100 Most Influential Georgians by Georgia Trend Magazine, and was also recognized as one of their 40 under 40 honorees.
Sen. Bethel currently chairs the Senate Committee on Insurance and Labor and is a member of the Appropriations, Judiciary, Judiciary Non – Civil, and Reapportionment and Re- districting Committees. Sen. Bethel previously served on the Dalton City Council.