Hardie Davis, Jr.
Mayor of Augusta, Georgia
Born to Hardie and Delois Davis, Hardie grew up in Forsyth, Georgia and relocated to Augusta in 1985. His parents instilled within him the values of hard work, respect for his fellow man and service to others.

Hardie holds a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering Degree from Georgia Tech and a Doctor of Ministry Degree from the Christian Life School of Theology in Columbus. In college, he began teaching bible study which prepared him to be founder and senior pastor of Abundant Life in Augusta, Georgia.  His professional career includes 18 years of systems, automation and controls engineering. 

Hardie is serving his second year in his first term as Augusta’s Mayor.  He is a member of the Board of Directors for Georgia Municipal Association, serves on the Board of Trustees for the African American Mayors Association and is Co-Chair of the Vacant and Abandoned Properties Task Force of the U.S. Conference of Mayors.  Prior to being elected Mayor, Hardie served 8 years in the Georgia General Assembly both as a Representative and as a Senator.

As Mayor, Hardie has been instrumental through his work and vision with My Brother’s Keeper to support the Richmond County School System and youth.  He launched the Mayor’s Summer Youth Employment program, to place youth in paid summer jobs and workplace skills training programs. He also partnered with the Richmond County School System to begin the Power Lunch Reading Mentor Initiative. Hardie is a strong advocate for One Augusta and brings people together through programs such as his Mayor’s Office Hours and the Small Business resource events that he brings to the city.  

Hardie has also been a leading voice on innovation in local government and understands the importance of using data driven decision making to achieve new efficiencies.

Hardie started the Annual City of Augusta Easter Egg Drop, and has ensured the continued success of the Augusta Mayor’s Masters Reception.

He has been recognized by numerous organizations and constituent groups, including Georgia Bio, The Georgia Chamber and the Georgia Association for Career and Technical Education. 

While a senior in high school, he met Evett Plather of Valdosta. Married 20 years, Hardie and Evett are the proud parents of Benjamin Joshua Davis.

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