Attorney General of Georgia

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Georgia Attorney General
General information
Office Type:  Partisan
Office website:  Official Link
FY Budget:  $59,813,68
Term limits:  None
Length of term:   4 years
Authority:  Georgia Constitution, Article V, Section 3, Paragraph I
Selection Method:  Elected
Current Officeholder

Sam Olens.jpg
Name:  Samuel S. Olens
Officeholder Party:  Republican
Assumed office:  January 10, 2011
Compensation:  $137,791
Next election:  November 6, 2018
Last election:  November 4, 2014
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The Attorney General of Georgia is a state executive office established in 1797. The Georgia Constitution of 1868 made the attorney general a constitutional officer, and he became the legal adviser to the Governor of Georgia and the other departments of state government.[1] The attorney general is elected to four-year terms during federal midterm election years and does not face term limits.

The department of law's mission statement is "to serve the citizens of the State of Georgia by providing legal representation of the highest quality to the agencies, officers and employees of state government and by honorably and vigorously carrying out the constitutional and statutory responsibilities of the Attorney General."[2]

Current officeholder

The current attorney general is Samuel S. Olens, a Republican first elected in 2010 and re-elected in 2014. He has served in the position since January 10, 2011.[3]

Olens' professional career has largely been spent as a lawyer with Ezor & Olens, P.C.. Before becoming attorney general, Olens was also chair of the Cobb County Board of Commissioners as well as a Cobb County District Commissioner.[4]


The office of attorney general is established in the Georgia Constitution.

Georgia Constitution, Article V, Section 3, Paragraph I

The.. Attorney General... shall be elected in the manner prescribed for the election of members of the General Assembly and the electors shall be the same.


Article V, Section 3, Paragraph II of the state constitution describes the qualifications required of the secretary of state:

  • Must have been a citizen of the United States for 10 years
  • Must have been a legal resident of the state for four years immediately preceding election or appointment
  • Must have attained the age of 25 years by the date of assuming office.
  • Must have been an active member of the Georgia state bar for seven years.


The attorney general is elected to four-year terms during federal midterm election years (2018, 2022, 2026, etc.). All Georgia constitutional executive officers take office on the same day the Georgia Legislature begins its session, i.e. the second Monday of January in the year following their election.


See also: Georgia attorney general election, 2014
Georgia Attorney General, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngSamuel S. Olens Incumbent 56.9% 1,436,987
     Democratic Greg Hecht 43.1% 1,087,268
Total Votes 2,524,255
Election Results via Georgia Secretary of State.

Term limits

There are no term limits for the attorney general.


Per Article V, Section 2, Paragraph VIII of the Georgia Constitution, the governor fills vacancies in the office of attorney general by appointment. The appointee must be confirmed by a majority vote of the Georgia Senate and serves out the remainder of the previous officeholder's term.


  • Serving as the attorney and legal advisor for all state agencies, departments, authorities and the governor.
  • Providing opinions on legal questions concerning the state or its agencies, which are binding on all state agencies and departments.
  • Representing the state in all capital felony appeals before the Georgia Supreme Court.
  • Representing the state in all civil cases before any court.
  • Representing the state in all cases appearing before the United States Supreme Court.
  • Prosecuting public corruption cases where criminal charges are filed against any person or business for illegal activity when dealing with the state.
  • Conducting special investigations into questionable activity concerning any state agency or department or a person or business that has done business with the state.
  • Initiating civil or criminal actions on behalf of the state when requested to do so by the governor.
  • Preparing all contracts and agreements regarding any matter in which the state is involved.

Campaign finance

Main article: Campaign finance requirements for Georgia ballot measures

The Attorney General of Georgia has sole authority over campaign finance prosecution. All complaints of campaign finance law are referred to the Attorney General from the Georgia Ethics Commission. The first step in filing a complaint is to file with the Ethics Commission. It is up to the commission to determine if a complaint is valid upon review.[5]</ref>

Click here to view larger-scale image of the Georgia Department of Law Office of the Attorney General Organizational Chart as of July 2013.


  • Regulated Industries and Professions
  • Commercial Transactions and Litigation
  • Criminal Justice
  • General Litigation
  • Government Services & Employment
  • Special Prosecutions
  • Operations
    • Computer Services
    • Financial Services
    • Human Resources[6]

State budget

See also: Georgia state budget and finances

The Attorney General's budget for the 2013 fiscal year was $59,813,68.[7]


See also: Compensation of state executive officers

The salaries of elected executive officials in Georgia are determined by state law as mandated in the Georgia Constitution. Article V of the state constitution indicates that the Georgia State Legislature determines salaries for governor, lieutenant governor and "other elected executives," such as the attorney general.[8]

Article V, Section 3, Paragraph III

Text of Paragraph III:

Powers, Duties, Compensation, and Allowances of Other Executive Officers

Except as otherwise provided in this Constitution, the General Assembly shall prescribe the powers, duties, compensation, and allowances of the above executive officers and provide assistance and expenses necessary for the operation of the department of each.[9]


In 2014, the attorney general received a salary of $137,791, according to the Council of State Governments.[10]


In 2013, the attorney general received a salary of $137,791. This figure comes from the Council of State Governments.[11]


In 2010, the attorney general received a salary of $137,791.

Historical officeholders

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Contact information


Capitol Address:
Office of the Attorney General
40 Capitol Square, SW
Atlanta, Ga 30334

Phone: (404) 656-3300
Fax: (404) 657-8733

See also

External links

Website of Georgia Attorney General