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Biography of the Attorney General

Sam OlensSam Olens was re-elected to a second term as Georgia’s 53rd Attorney General on November 4, 2014.

As Attorney General, Olens is committed to serving Georgians by defending the U.S. and Georgia Constitutions and upholding the rule of law.

He has fought for stronger laws to protect Georgians. In 2011, he worked with legislators to strengthen the penalties for sex trafficking, making Georgia’s law one of the toughest in the nation. In 2012, he spearheaded the first comprehensive revision of Georgia’s sunshine laws in more than a decade. In 2013, he led the effort to stem the epidemic of prescription drug abuse with a law that requires pain management clinics to be licensed and regulated.

Olens has also worked to protect Georgia’s rights and natural resources. He led Georgia’s legal challenge against the Affordable Care Act and continues to defend Georgia from federal regulatory overreach. Olens has represented the State in crucial litigation to preserve Georgia’s water rights and removed legal barriers that were delaying the critical deepening of the Savannah Harbor.

Olens currently is chair of the Southern Region of the National Association of Attorneys General. In addition to co-chairing the Federalism/Preemption Committee, he serves on the following committees: Energy and Environment, Substance Abuse, Human Trafficking, Law Enforcement and Prosecutorial Relations, Internet Safety/Cyber Privacy and Security.

Prior to being elected to Attorney General, Olens was Chairman of the Cobb County Board of Commissioners, serving from August 2002 through March 2010.

From December 2004 through 2009, Olens served as Chairman of the Atlanta Regional Commission. He was appointed as Vice-Chair of the Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District from 2005 through March 2010. 

Olens also devotes much time assisting various non-profit organizations.

Olens is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the the 2015 Charles L. Weltner Freedom of Information Award, the 2013 Emory Law School Distinguished Alumni Award, the 2008 Tom Bradley Leadership Award by the National Association of Regional Councils and the 2007 “Excellence in Public Service Award” by the University of Georgia’s Carl Vinson Institute. For the past 11 years, Georgia Trend magazine has listed Olens as one of the “100 Most Influential Georgians.” In 2011, the Cobb Chamber of Commerce honored Olens for his dedication to community and philanthropic service by naming their annual community service award the “Sam Olens Business Community Service Award.”

Olens graduated from the Emory University School of Law in 1983. He is a registered mediator/arbitrator with the Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution. He has been admitted to practice law in Georgia and the District of Columbia.

Olens and his wife Lisa have two children, Lauren and Jonathan.