Interview with Christopher Carr, April 8, 2019

Collection: Two-Party Georgia Oral History Project

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Christopher M. (Chris) Carr was born on February 8, 1972 in Lansing, Michigan. He relocated to Georgia with his family in 1978. Carr is a graduate of the University of Georgia’s Terry School of Business and School of Law. Carr worked for Georgia Pacific before joining the Alston & Bird Law Firm. He has also served as Vice President and General Counsel for the Georgia Public Policy Foundation. Carr managed Johnny Isakson’s successful 2004 election campaign and became Senator Isakson’s chief of staff in 2007. Governor Nathan Deal appointed Carr to lead the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) in 2013. Governor Deal then appointed Carr to fill the unexpired term of Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens in November 2016. Carr defeated Democrat Charlie Bailey in 2018 to win a four-year term. He resides in Dunwoody.

Carr talks about his upbringing and move from Michigan to Georgia. He discusses his education at the University of Georgia before turning to his legal career at Georgia Pacific, Alston Bird, and the Georgia Public Policy Foundation. Carr describes his interest in politics and his work on various campaigns. He recalls working in Senator Johnny Isakson’s office before serving as Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Economic Development. Carr describes his work in the office and the role of government in promoting business investment and development. He references the film industry in Georgia and other major sectors. Carr talks about his appointment as Attorney General of Georgia, his 2018 campaign, and policy priorities. The interview closes with a discussion of the two-party system in Georgia and Carr’s thoughts on Governor Nathan Deal’s legacy.






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Christopher Carr and Ashton Ellett, “Interview with Christopher Carr, April 8, 2019,” UGA Special Collections Libraries Oral Histories, accessed July 25, 2024,