November 2002: Handel, president and CEO of North Fulton County Chamber of Commerce, loses bid for Fulton County Commission.
December 2002: Gov. Sonny Perdue makes her deputy chief of staff.
November 2003: Handel elected to chairwoman of the Fulton County Commission.
November 2006: Handel elected Georgia secretary of state —- despite a rival's claim that, because the Fulton County Commission approved grants to Planned Parenthood, she supports abortion.
March 2009: Handel declares her candidacy for governor. Opponents and Georgia Right to Life criticize her as soft on abortion. Handel blogs that she opposes Planned Parenthood.
July 2010: Sarah Palin endorses Handel, who comes in first in the GOP primary but without enough votes to avoid a runoff.
August 2010: Nathan Deal defeats Handel in the runoff.
April 2011: Handel named vice president for public policy for Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
February 2012: Handel resigns from Komen after it reverses a decision to stop providing grants to Planned Parenthood.
Sept. 11, 2012: Publishes "Planned Bullyhood," a book that largely concerns her tenure as vice president of public policy at Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
May 2013: Announces she will run for an open U.S. Senate seat.
May 2014: Comes in third In the Republican Senate primary.
October 2014: Endorses former rival Nathan Deal in his re-election bid.
February 2017: Announces she will run in the 6th Congressional District special election.
Tuesday: Handel was the top Republican vote-getter in the 6th District race.