As Attorney General, Chris Carr believes he has no more
solemn duty than to protect and defend the Constitution of the United
States, the Constitution and laws of the State of Georgia and the interests of
the people of the State of Georgia. He also believes that his office must
play a significant role in protecting Georgians.
Since taking office in 2016, Carr has made it a priority to
combat opioid misuse, gang violence, human trafficking, elder abuse and
consumer fraud. He established and leads the Statewide Opioid Task Force –
which now has more than 400 members – and the Georgia Anti-Gang Network – which
is focused on strengthening multi-jurisdictional investigations and
prosecutions. To help prevent our older, at-risk adults from falling
victim to scams, Carr created the Georgia Consumer Protection Guide for Older
Adults, and he works every day to make sure older, at-risk adults and all
consumers are protected from exploitation in any form. Carr is also a champion
for the state’s Sunshine Laws, working each day to ensure that government
operates openly and transparently. In 2019, he announced the creation of the
state's first-ever Human Trafficking Prosecution Unit at the Department of Law.
Under his leadership, the unit will work with statewide partners to
aggressively combat buyers and traffickers. Carr appoints all members of the Georgia Consumer Advisory
Board and is a member of the Georgia Board of Homeland Security. A dedicated
member of the National Association of Attorneys General, Carr currently serves
on the Human Trafficking, Substance Abuse and Presidential Initiative
Committees (focused on elder abuse in 2017-18 and natural disasters
Carr previously served as Commissioner of the Georgia
Department of Economic Development under Governor Deal from November 2013 to
November 2016. During Carr's three-year tenure, the state of Georgia was
recognized as the top state in the nation in which to do business for three
consecutive years and GDEcD helped facilitate 1,069 projects across the state
that represent approximately $14.4 billion in investment and the creation of
more than 84,000 jobs. In 2015, GDEcD was recognized as the top economic
development agency in the country.
Carr served as Chief of Staff for U.S. Senator
Johnny Isakson for six years, where he advised the Senator on federal
legislation, numerous judicial nominees for the U.S. Supreme Court and lower
federal courts in Georgia and across the country. He started his career with Georgia Pacific, then practiced law
with Alston & Bird LLP in Atlanta and later served as Vice President and
General Counsel for the Georgia Public Policy Foundation. He is a graduate from
the University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business and Lumpkin School of Law.
Carr and his wife Joan have two daughters and live in Dunwoody.