Gary Black, agriculture commissioner-elect: $154,000
Georgia’s new agriculture commissioner, Gary Black, reported income of $154,000 in 2009 from his cattle farm in Jackson County and his job at the Georgia Agribusiness Council. He’ll earn about $120,000 as ag commissioner.
Black served for 20 years as president of the Georgia Agribusiness Council, a non-profit advocacy group based in Commerce. He earned about $115,000 from the job in 2008, tax records show.
That paycheck slipped to $90,000 in 2009 when he became vice president of the council, following complaints that the organization was effectively underwriting his candidacy by paying him a full-time salary while he campaigned.