A former Navy SEAL entered the GOP gubernatorial primary on Wednesday.
Clay Tippins, an Atlanta-based high-tech executive, served with SEAL Team One in 2000 and then as a SEAL reservist through 2016, where he achieved the rank of lieutenant commander while serving with SEAL Team 18.
In 2015, Tippins deployed to Iraq as part of Operation Inherent Resolve and was decorated for contributions to counter ISIS strike operations.
Tippins was born in Cobb County and raised in Gwinnett. He is a graduate of Shiloh High School where he was an All-American high school swimmer, high school national champion and a gold medal winner at the 1991 Pan American Games.