Biography of the Attorney General

Sam Olens

Sam Olens was sworn in as Georgia’s 53rd Attorney General on January 10, 2011.

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.  In 2014, Olens spearheaded a video contest among Georgia’s high school students to increase awareness of prescription drug abuse. 

Olens has also worked to protect Georgia’s rights and natural resources. He is defending Georgia from federal regulatory overreach and has represented the State in crucial litigation to preserve our water rights, while removing 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.

Olens is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including 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. Georgia Trend magazine has listed Olens as one of the “100 Most Influential Georgians” every year since 2005 and he is their 2016 Georgian of the Year.  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.