Sam Park

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Sam Park
Member of the Georgia House of Representatives
from the 101st district
Assumed office
January 9, 2017
Preceded by Valerie Clark
Personal details
Born (1985-10-01) October 1, 1985 (age 32)
Political party Democratic
Residence Lawrenceville, Georgia
Alma mater Georgia State University (B.A., B.S., J.D.)
American University (L.L.M.)

Samuel Lauderdale Park is a Korean-American politician and lawyer, who was elected to the Georgia House of Representatives in the 2016 elections.[1] A member of the Democratic Party, he represents the 101st district.[2]

Early life and career[edit]

Park was born into a Christian Republican family. His grandparents were refugees from the Korean War. Park earned law degrees from Georgia State University and Washington College of Law.[3]

After graduating, he worked as an aide for Maryland State Senator Jamie Raskin. He also worked on Jason Carter's 2014 gubernatorial campaign and Jon Ossoff's 2017 campaign. Park was inspired to run for political office himself after his mother was diagnosed with cancer and was able to receive treatment through the Affordable Care Act.[3]

Park won the 101st district with 52% of the vote despite his opponent, incumbent Republican Valerie Clark, being favored during the campaign.[1][4] He is the first openly gay man to be elected to the state legislature in Georgia;[1] his only gay predecessor, Rashad Taylor, was not out as gay during his election campaigns in 2008 or 2010, but was outed in the middle of his second term by a scandal and was defeated when he ran for reelection in 2012. Park will also be the only Asian American serving in Georgia's state legislature in the 2017–19 term.[1]


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