Senator Jen Jordan grew up the eldest child of a single mother in Dodge County. A HOPE scholarship enabled her to go to Georgia Southern University and then law school at the University of Georgia. Since becoming a Senator for the 6th district, which represents parts of Cobb and Fulton Counties, Jordan has earned a reputation for applying her legal expertise to work with colleagues across the aisle. Now she’s running for Attorney General against Chris Carr.
State Affairs caught up with Jordan at her office in the Capitol to talk about her career and future aims. Her answers have been edited for length and clarity.
What was the professional path that led you to where you are now?
After graduating with honors from UGA’s School of Law she did a federal clerkship with Judge Anthony Alaimo, a former World War II prisoner of war.
“That’s what set me on my path of how I think about the law and what it should be: in service to the people,” she said. “And I think we forget about that sometimes.”
She went on to work for Atlanta law firm Bondurant, Mixson & Elmore, which specializes in civil litigation. Jordan found a mentor, she said, with the head of the firm, Emmett Bondurant.
“He’s a huge advocate in terms of people's constitutional rights, and standing up for those among us that aren't powerful,” she said.