The former Cobb Commission Chairman, now Georgia's Attorney General, was an early supporter of Republican nominee-in-waiting Mitt Romney.
Sunday, August 12, 2012
Sam Olens' national political profile has gotten a major boost. The former Cobb Commission Chairman, serving his first term as Georgia's Attorney General, has been chosen for a speaking role at the Republican National Convention later this month. The Atlanta Business Chronicle reported that the day and time of Olens' speech has not been announced. Olens was an early supporter of Mitt Romney, the former Massachusetts governor who will be formalized as the GOP presidential nominee at the convention in Tampa Aug. 27-30. In the summer of 2011, Olens and Romney appeared together in Smyrna on a campaign stop. Jim Galloway of the AJC speculates that Olens may speak on health care, since he led Georgia's legal challenge against President Obama's…
The former Cobb Commission chairman offers his pointed assessment of the local political scene he left behind and the issues facing the county.
- Paul Shea
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Sam Olens was chairman of the Cobb County Commission for eight years before stepping down earlier this year to run for Georgia attorney general. He was also chairman of the Atlanta Regional Commission for five years. He will be sworn in as the state's attorney general Jan. 10. Olens, who is 52, lives in East Cobb with his wife and two children. They have lived in Cobb since 1984. This is Part II of an interview with Olens, focusing on Cobb County. Part I was published Monday. This interview took place before the current commission voted last week to hold a March referendum to extend the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax. Q. What was your biggest accomplishment as chairman of the Cobb Commission? A. I got everyone working on the same …