Sam was the first out gay man elected to the Georgia state legislature!
Representative Sam Park is the first Asian American Democrat and first openly gay man 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 obtained his Masters in Law, Politics, and Legislation. Inspired by his mother’s battle against terminal cancer, which taught him that access to healthcare is a matter of life or death, Sam ran for office in 2016 to ensure every Georgian has access to healthcare, and unseated a three-term Republican Chairman. Sam currently serves in leadership as a Deputy Whip in the Georgia House Democratic Caucus and as Chair of the Gwinnett State House Delegation. In his professional capacity, Sam serves as General Counsel for Positive Impact Health Centers working to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Georgia.