Attorney General of Georgia
|Georgia Attorney General|
|Office website:||Official Link|
|Length of term:||4 years|
|Authority:||Georgia Constitution, Article V, Section 3, Paragraph I|
|Name:||Samuel S. Olens|
|Assumed office:||January 10, 2011|
|Next election:||November 4, 2014|
|Last election:||November 2, 2010|
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Olens' professional career has largely been spent as a lawyer with Ezor & Olens, P.C., from 1983 through 2010. Before becoming attorney general, Olens was also chairman of the Cobb County Board of Commissioners from August 2002 to March 2010. Previously, he was a Cobb County District Commissioner from 1999 through July 2002. Olens served as chairman of the Atlanta Regional Commission from December 2004 through 2009, and was vice-chair of the Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District from 2005 through March 2010. He also serves on the boards of "various non-profit organizations," including the Atlanta United Way.
Olens holds bachelor's and master's degrees from George Washington University in Washington, DC, and a law degree from the Emory University School of Law. He and his wife, Lisa, have two children.
The office of attorney general is established in the Georgia Constitution.
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.
- 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 (2006, 2010, 2014, 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.
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 of Georgia or its agencies, which are binding on all state agencies and departments.
- Representing the State of Georgia in all capital felony appeals before the Supreme Court of Georgia.
- Representing the State of Georgia in all civil cases before any court.
- Representing the State of Georgia in all cases appearing before the Supreme Court of the United States.
- Prosecuting public corruption cases where criminal charges are filed against any person or business for illegal activity when dealing with the State of Georgia.
- Conducting special investigations into questionable activity concerning any state agency or department or a person or business that has done business with the State of Georgia.
- Initiating civil or criminal actions on behalf of the State of Georgia when requested to do so by the Governor.
- Preparing all contracts and agreements regarding any matter in which the State of Georgia is involved.
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.
- Regulated Industries and Professions
- Commercial Transactions and Litigation
- Criminal Justice
- General Litigation
- Government Services & Employment
- Special Prosecutions
- Computer Services
- Financial Services
- Human Resources
The Attorney General's budget for the 2013 fiscal year was $59,813,68.
In 2010, the attorney general received a salary of $137,791. His compensation is determined by law.
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Office of the Attorney General
40 Capitol Square, SW
Atlanta, Ga 30334
Phone: (404) 656-3300
Fax: (404) 657-8733
- Governor: Nathan Deal (R)
- Lieutenant Governor: Casey Cagle (R)
- Attorney General: Samuel S. Olens (R)
- Auditor of State: Greg Griffin
- Secretary of State: Brian Kemp (R)
- Commissioner of Agriculture: Gary Black (R)
- Treasurer of State: Steve McCoy
- Attorney General of Georgia, "Biography of the Attorney General," accessed September 12, 2011
- Georgia Ethics Commission, "Georgia Ethics in Government Act"(Referenced Statute 21-5-6(C)-(3), Georgia Code)
- Attorney General of Georgia, "Organization of the Office," accessed September 12, 2011
- Georgia Governor's Office of Planning and Budget, "State of Georgia's Budget Report Amended FY 2013," accessed November 2, 2013
- The Council of State Governments, "Book of the States 2013, Table 4.11," accessed February 2, 2014
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