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About Judge Arnt

Judge Arnt is a Constitutional Conservative who firmly stands for upholding the rights that are actually in the Constitution.  Judge Arnt believes our system has checks and balances which require Judges to uphold the law, but no to try and write the law.

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As a longtime resident of Georgia, Lookout Mountain Judicial Circuit Superior Court Chris Arnt has dedicated the majority of his adult life to keeping the community he loves safe and prosperous. Even as a young person, Chris’ strong work ethic helped propel him to achieve the goals he set for himself by working throughout high school, college and law school as a cook, janitor, in fast food, retail, hospitality, and as a laborer.

Chris attended Mcintosh High School in Peachtree City, Georgia where he lettered in football. Chris attended Tulane University in New Orleans and graduated as a history major with a focus on American history and ancient Roman history. He continued his athletic pursuits by playing Rugby for several years, and he served as the President of College Republicans.

Chris’ commitment to public service was fostered by his parents’ love for their community and country. While attending Emory University School of Law with the desire of becoming a prosecutor, Chris served as the director of Moot Court program and interned at the Cobb County District Attorney’s Office.

After graduating from law school, Chris became an Assistant District Attorney in 1992 in the Lookout Mountain Judicial Circuit. He was hired by Judge Ralph Van Pelt, who was the District Attorney at the time. He has handled every type of case from speeding and sexual assault cases to violent homicides. Chris was promoted to Chief Assistant in 2008 for District Attorney Buzz Franklin, making him responsible for overseeing all of the prosecutors in the office. When Buzz retired, Chris assumed leadership of the office with the support of his fellow lawyers and staff. Soon thereafter, he ran for District Attorney and was elected in November 2020.

On March 14, 2023 Governor Brian Kemp swore Chris in as a Superior Court Judge.  The judicial position became vacant when Judge Ralph Van Pelt retired in late 2022.  The Judicial Nominating Commission listed Chris as one of the highly qualified candidates submitted to the Governor.  Governor Kemp selected Chris to become Superior Court Judge.

In addition to his 31 years as a state prosecutor and now as Superior Court Judge, Chris is very active in his community. He is a member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in Chattanooga, TN and St. Joseph Catholic Church in Dalton, GA. He and his wife Tracy have served as lectors and Eucharistic Ministers and participate in the engaged couple’s marriage preparation ministry. Chris is also the past chair of the Catoosa County Republican Party.

Chris and Tracy have been married for 30 years and live in Ringgold, GA. Tracy is a teacher in Whitfield County, GA. They have two children. Logan is a Captain in the United States Air Force; Logan’s wife Heather is also a Captain in the Air Force. Daughter Madison is a recent graduate of Bryan College and has recently moved back to Ringgold after spending time in Indianna assisting her grandfather.

As a dog lover, Chris and Tracy have adopted five rescue dogs over last 20 years. They currently have 2 rescues Doji and Rosie Lou.


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P.O. Box 609 Trenton, GA 30752

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