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Sam Zamarripa is the first Hispanic to serve in the Georgia State Senate, representing the 36th District located in eastern Fulton County, Georgia. Mr. Zamarripa served two terms in the State Senate of Georgia representing the City of Atlanta where he served as the Secretary of the State Economic Development Committee and member of the committees on Insurance, Science & Technology and Transportation. He retired from the State Senate, undefeated in 2006. He is a past member of the board of directors of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF).
He announced in April, 2006, that he would not seek re-election. He will be succeeded by Nan Grogan Orrock, who won the July 18, 2006 Democratic primary election and had no Republican opponent for the general election.
In 2011 Mr. Zamarripa Co-founded a research group, The Essential Economy Council (http://www.essentialeconomy.org).The Essential Economy Council is a bipartisan, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that originates research and communications that will be used to educate elected officials and business leaders on the value of Georgia’s Essential Economy. The Council is managed by a board of industry specialists and professionals, and it partners with leading businesses, economic development organizations and academic institutions to design and execute its research and communications. The Essenetial Economy Council issued its first major report in February 2013.
He is a director of Assurance America Corporation (ASAM.OB) and Chairman of the Compensation Committee. In 2010 Mr. Zamarripa was elected to the Board of Managers for IP2Biz, LLC of Atlanta, Georgia (www. In 1998 Mr. Zamarripa co-founded United Americas Bank, NA of Atlanta where served as Board Member until 2009.
Mr. Zamarripa is a Trustee of the Annie E. Casey Foundation of Baltimore, Maryland and a Trustee of Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York. He is the founder of the Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials and Chairman. Mr. Zamarripa is on the US Board of Advisers for Centro Fox, which is the Presidential Library of Former Mexican President Vicente Fox. He is also a member of the Board of Counselors for The Carter Center of Atlanta. He is a member of the Rotary Club of Atlanta. He holds a BA from New College of Sarasota, Florida and a Masters of Public Administration from the Maxwell School of Citizenship at Syracuse University, Syracuse New York.
- Announcement of decision not to seek re-election
- Essential Economy