Candidate for GA State Assembly 2022, District 101
Sam Park is a lawyer, politician, and the first openly elected gay man in Georgia as well as the first Asian American Democrat in the Georgia General Assembly. Park was appointed to serve as a Deputy Whip of the Georgia House Democratic Caucus in 2017, re-elected in 2018, and was selected to serve as the Vice-Chair of the Gwinnett State House Delegation. One of Park’s priorities is to ensure that free and fair elections remain “the foundation of our democracy.” Since 2017, he has authored and co-sponsored six bills and resolutions that make sure every vote and every Georgian is counted. Sam was one of seventeen speakers to jointly deliver the keynote address at the 2020 Democratic National Convention.
Sam Park grew up in Georgia as the grandson of refugees from the Korean War. He received his education through Georgia State University. Sam Park served as an extern for the Georgia Senate Democratic Caucus in 2013 and later worked as a legal aide for Maryland State Senator Jamie Raskin. He participated in campaigns such as Jason Carter’s 2014 gubernatorial campaign and Jon Ossoff’s 2017 campaign. Park was appointed to serve as a Deputy Whip of the Georgia House Democratic Caucus in 2017. In 2018, Park was re-elected and served as the Vice-Chair of the Gwinnett State House Delegation.
Sam has been fighting for working families and marginalized communities, championing rights for members of the LGBTQ community, building connections between different social groups. He will continue to fight for expanding Medicaid to draw down billions of federal dollars to cover Georgia’s uninsured population, create thousands of jobs, support Georgia’s rural hospitals, and pass comprehensive civil rights legislation to prohibit discrimination in employment, housing, and public accommodations. Sam also intends to strengthen the public education system from pre-kindergarten to college in order to break the school-to-prison pipeline and give every student the opportunities they need to succeed.