ATLANTA — Republican incumbent Chris Carr takes on Georgia Democratic challenger Senator Jen Jordan in the race for Georgia attorney general.
The Attorney General is the state’s advocate and legal adviser.
The Attorney General advises on legal matters concerning the state, represents the state in all civil cases and capital crime appeals in the Supreme Court of Georgia.
By law, the Attorney General cannot provide legal advice to private citizens.
Chris Carr (R)
Chris Carr has served as Georgia’s attorney general since being appointed to the position in 2016. Carr was appointed to the position by the then-governor. Nathan Deal, and in 2018 was elected statewide to a full four-year term.
He is running again for the position in 2022 on the Republican ticket.
Carr has made tackling the opioid crisis a top priority for her office.
As commissioner of the Georgia Department of Economic Development from 2013 to 2016, Carr led the state agency responsible for creating jobs and investment in Georgia. Georgia was named “No. 1 State for Business” each of the three years Carr served as commissioner. The department under Carr’s leadership has helped facilitate 1,069 projects across the state that have represented approximately $14.4 billion in investment and the creation of more than 84,000 jobs.
Carr also created the Statewide Opioid Task Force, which has been hailed as a national model and includes more than 300 public, private and nonprofit entities working together to save lives in this fight.
Prior to becoming attorney general, Carr served for six years as chief of staff to U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson. Carr has advised the senator on federal legislation and on judicial nominees for the United States Supreme Court and lower federal courts in Georgia and across the country.
Carr also served on the Georgia Judicial Nominating Commission, the body responsible for recommending candidates to the governor to fill judicial vacancies from 2011 to 2018.
He is a graduate of Terry College of Business and the University of Georgia Lumpkin School of Law.
Carr is married to his wife, Joan Carr. They have two daughters.
Candidate website: http://chriscarrga.com/
Jen Jordan (D)
Jen Jordan is currently a state senator, representing portions of Fulton and Cobb counties in the Georgia State Senate.
Jordon is originally from Eastman, Georgia but now lives in Fulton County.
A lawyer by trade, Jordan specializes in complex civil cases.
“His work in the courtroom on behalf of Georgia consumers has resulted in several successful verdicts and reported appellate decisions, including USA Payday Cash Advance Center #1, Inc. v. Evans and Georgia Cash America, Inc. v. Strong, cases where she represented consumers in multiple class action lawsuits against predatory payday lenders,” her campaign website said.
In 2017, Jordon won a special election to replace a Republican in the Georgia State Senate, overturning a seat held by Republicans and ending the GOP supermajority in that legislative body. She was re-elected in 2018 and 2020.
“Jen has led battles against efforts to funnel more corporate money into our politics, curtail the basic rights of Georgians, and politicize our electoral system. She has promoted efforts to ensure quality education for all Georgian children and to ensure adequate funding for our justice system,” her website reads.
Jordan graduated magna cum laude from the University of Georgia School of Law, where she was a member of the Georgia Law Review and the law school’s award-winning National Moot Court team.
Jordan is a mother of two children.
Candidate website: https://jen4georgia.com/
(Note: Chris Carr was not involved in contestant access to WSB-TV)
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