|53rd Georgia Attorney General|
January 10, 2011
|Preceded by||Thurbert Baker|
|Born||Samuel Scott Olens
July 8, 1957
|Alma mater||American University, Emory University School of Law|
Samuel Scott "Sam" Olens (born July 8, 1957) is the Attorney General for the state of Georgia. Previously, he was the chairman of the Cobb County Commission. He defeated former District Attorney Ken Hodges in the 2010 state elections in Georgia. Olens is the first person of the Jewish faith to win a statewide, partisan race in Georgia.
Early life and career 
Olens is a Florida native, who was raised in New Jersey. He was elected to the Cobb County Commission in 1998, serving until 2010. He was the commission's chairman from 2002 to 2010. Since 2004, he has served as the chair of the Atlanta Regional Commission.
2010 election 
2012 Georgia Tech Twitter Controversy 
On November 20, 2012, Olens offended students, alumni, and friends of the Georgia Institute of Technology by stating on Twitter: I just saw a billboard congratulating Tech ACC Coastal football champs! Miami won it, Tech is 6-6, how embarrassing.  Olens' statement was in reference to the fact that the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets football team was selected to represent the Atlantic Coast Conference Coastal Division in the upcoming 2012 ACC Championship Game as a result of a self-imposed post-season ban by the University of Miami. Olens' comment was factually incorrect as the ACC would have considered Georgia Tech, Miami, and University of North Carolina co-champions of the ACC Coastal Conference regardless of any ban.
Olens apologized to fans, stating I apologize if I offended any students, alumni & fans of Georgia Tech. I am proud to have a renowned, world-class institution in Georgia.
Legislative Victories 
Alarmed by the sex trafficking statistics in Georgia, Olens joined forces with legislators during his first legislative session as Attorney General to advocate for a stronger human trafficking law in Georgia. HB 200 went into effect on July 1, 2011.
A vocal proponent of government transparency since serving in county government, Olens’ first order of business was to work with legislators to pass a re-write of Georgia's Open Meetings and Open Records Laws. HB 397 passed in the 2012 legislative session and was signed into law by Governor Nathan Deal on April 17, 2012.
Republican National Convention Address 
Olens delivered a primetime address on national healthcare reform and federal regulatory overreach to the Republican National Convention in Tampa on August 29, 2012.
Most Influential List 
In January 2012, Olens was named to Georgia Trend Magazines Most Influential List for the ninth consecutive year.
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- Galloway, Jim (November 30, 2012). "On Sam Olens and the power of Twitter — plus some angry Tech fans". Atlanta Journal Constitution . Retrieved 30 November 2012.
- "Sam Olens Twitter Apology". Retrieved 30 November 2012.
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