Dan is a lifelong resident of Tallapoosa and graduated from Haralson County High School in 1974, Carroll Technical Institute in 1975, and received an associate degree from Georgia State University.
In 1978, he began a 30-year career as an educator as the automotive service instructor at Haralson County High School and retired in 2007. Since retiring, he has been self-employed, working in construction, automotive service, and equipment repair. Dan is married to Janet Pope, and they have five children and 11 grandchildren. Dan and Janet are members of the First Baptist Church of Tallapoosa, where Dan serves on the Missions and Properties Committees.