Chris’s devotion to Georgia has guided his professional career, and his appreciation for the law has fueled his passion for results-oriented public policy.
As Georgia’s Attorney General, Chris’s highest priority is protecting the Constitution of the United States, the Constitution and laws of the state of Georgia and the interests of the people of Georgia. This includes protecting Georgians from federal overreach and keeping government open and transparent to its citizens.
Chris’s work to end human trafficking, combat opioid abuse and protect older and at-risk adults has already led to results. Soon after he began his term as Georgia’s Attorney General in November 2016, Chris was appointed to the National Association of Attorneys General’s Human Trafficking and Substance Abuse Committees. Chris realizes that these are “all-in” issues. In Georgia, he recently created a statewide network for stakeholders to share ideas and strengthen our state’s response to the opioid crisis. The Statewide Opioid Task Force now includes more than 150 public, private and non-profit entities that are working together to close gaps and save lives in this fight. In 2017, Chris was appointed to Governor Nathan Deal’s Older Adults Cabinet and the Executive Committee for the National Association of Attorneys General Committee on Elder Abuse.
In November 2017, Chris was appointed to the Executive Committee of the Republican Attorneys General Association whose mission mirrors Chris’s own commitment to the principle of federalism, adherence to the rule of law, and applying a commonsense, free market approach to governing.
Previously, as Vice President and General Counsel for the Georgia Public Policy Foundation, Carr worked with Georgia lawmakers and policy specialists from across the state and around the country to craft quality legislation that would bring positive results for Georgians.
During his six years as Senator Johnny Isakson’s Chief of Staff, Chris advised the senator on federal legislation and on numerous judicial nominees for the U.S. Supreme Court and lower federal courts in Georgia and across the country.
As Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Economic Development from 2013-2016, Chris led the state agency responsible for creating jobs and investment in Georgia. During his tenure, Georgia was named the “number one state for business” three years in a row.
Through business recruitment, retention and expansion, international trade and tourism, as well as the arts, film and music industries, the department under Chris’ leadership 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, the Georgia agency was recognized as the top economic development agency in the country.
Since 2011, Carr has served on Georgia’s Judicial Nominating Commission, the body charged with recommending candidates to the Governor to fill judicial vacancies. He is also on the Board of Advisors for the Atlanta Lawyers Chapter of the Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies.
Carr began his legal career with Alston & Bird LLP in Atlanta.
Carr is a graduate of both the University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business and Lumpkin School of Law.
Chris and his wife, Joan Kirchner Carr, have two daughters.