Sam is the first openly gay man and first Asian American Democrat elected to the Georgia State Legislature
Representative Sam Park is the first openly gay man and first Asian American Democrat elected to the Georgia State Legislature. He is the grandson of refugees from the Korean War and son of Korean immigrants. Sam is a native Georgian, born and raised by a single mother. He became the first lawyer in his family, and has a Masters in Law, Politics, and Legislation. In 2016, Sam unseated a three-term Republican chairwoman running on expanding access to healthcare after his mother was diagnosed with terminal cancer. After winning by less than 2% as a first-time candidate, Sam won his first reelection in 2018 with nearly 18% of the vote. Currently, Sam is the only Korean American Georgia State lawmaker and serves in leadership as a Deputy Whip in the Georgia House Democratic Caucus and as Vice-Chair of the Gwinnett State House Delegation. Professionally, Sam is an attorney with Positive Impact Health Centers, the largest AIDS service organization in Georgia, working to end the HIV epidemic in the metro-Atlanta region.