Sam was the first out gay man elected to the Georgia state legislature!
Representative Sam Park is the longest-serving out gay man in the Georgia State Legislature, and the first LGBTQ legislator elected to a leadership position as Whip of the Georgia House Democratic Caucus. 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 obtained his Masters in Law, Politics, and Legislation. After Sam’s mother was diagnosed with terminal cancer, Sam ran for office in 2016 to ensure every Georgian has access to healthcare. As a first-time candidate, he challenged and unseated a three-term chairwoman by 460 votes to become the first Asian American Democrat and the first openly gay man elected to the Georgia State Legislature. Sam has gone on to win three subsequent elections winning. In his personal capacity, Sam serves as General Counsel for Positive Impact Health Centers working to end the HIV/ AIDS epidemic in Georgia.