Georgia State House, District 101
Born and raised in Georgia, Sam is the son of Korean immigrants and the grandson of refugees from the Korean War. From an early age, his mother instilled in him the importance of faith, family and hard work. Growing up in Gwinnett County, he went to Providence Christian Academy for elementary school. He is also a product of our great public education system attending Taylor Road Middle School, and Chattahoochee High School. After graduating high school, he opened and managed his family’s small business in Roswell, Georgia while taking a few classes at Georgia Perimeter Community College. The financial stability from the business, along with the HOPE scholarship, allowed him to attend Georgia State University for undergrad and law school. Through his mom’s example, guidance, and sacrifice, he achieved the American Dream becoming the first lawyer in my family.
In December of 2014, his mother was diagnosed with Stage IV cancer and given 4 to 6 months to live. Thanks to Medicare and Medicaid, however, she had access to affordable, quality health care. In 2016, inspired by his mother’s fight against cancer, he ran for office to fight for the 500,000 Georgians who still did not have health insurance. Public health insurance gave Access to healthcare is not a privilege, but a matter of life or death. As a native Georgian raised by a single mom who struggled to make ends meet, he understands the difficulties and challenges Georgia’s working families experience. Coupled with five years of experience in state legislatures, three as an intern and two as a state representative, I have the passion and ability to effectively advocate for Georgia’s working families and those who need a helping hand.
Since his first election victory, Sam has worked hard to fight for working families like his own. Sam is a progressive champion and an openly gay man elected to Georgia State House. He is running a grassroots campaign and expanded the electorate in his previous campaigns. Sam will continue to fight for expanding Medicaid to draw down billions of federal dollars to cover Georgia’s uninsured population, create thousands of jobs, and support Georgia’s rural hospitals; pass comprehensive civil rights legislation to prohibit discrimination in employment, housing, and public accommodations; and strengthen public education system from Pre-K to college in order to break the school-to-prison pipeline, and give every student the opportunity they need to succeed