Doug is a native of Gainesville, Georgia. After graduating from North Hall High School, Doug earned undergraduate degrees in Political Science and Criminal Justice from the University of North Georgia; and then a master’s degree in Divinity from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.
From 1994 to 2005, he pastored Chicopee Baptist Church; and joined the United States Air Force Reserves in 2002 (where he completed a 2008-2009 deployment to Iraq while stationed at Balad Air Force Base). As a Lieutenant Colonel, Doug remains active in the Air Force Reserve.
In 2006, the people of Georgia’s 27th State House District elected Doug to represent them and he served as one of Governor Deal’s floor leaders. During his first term in the state legislature, Doug graduated from Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School and established his legal practice in Gainesville, GA. Doug was elected by the great people of the Ninth Congressional District to represent them in Congress in 2013 where he served with distinction until January 2021.
In the 116th Congress, Doug served as Ranking Member of the U.S. House Committee on the Judiciary. In this role, Doug led his Republican colleagues on a wide breadth of issues within the Committee’s purview, which included fighting to uphold and safeguard the Second Amendment, protecting the lives of unborn children, defending religious liberty, and overseeing our law enforcement agencies.
Doug joined the Law Firm of Oliver and Weidner in February 2021. Doug’s long legislative history leading on the House Judiciary Committee gives him a unique perspective in helping clients navigate the legal system.