The Honorable Sam Nunn: 2011 Georgia Trustee
Former U.S. Senator Sam Nunn founded The Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI) with philanthropist Ted Turner and is co-chair of NTI. He served as chief executive officer of NTI for 16 years, until June 2017, and continues as strategic advisor, bringing his deep experience and expertise to NTI projects. He served as a U.S. Senator from Georgia for 24 years, from 1972 to 1996.
Raised in the small town of Perry in middle Georgia, he attended Georgia Tech, Emory University and Emory Law School, where he graduated with honors in 1962. After active duty service in the U.S. Coast Guard, he served six years in the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve. He first entered politics as a member of the Georgia House of Representatives in 1968.
During his tenure in the U.S. Senate, Senator Nunn served as chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee and the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations. He also served on the Intelligence and Small Business Committees. His legislative achievements include the landmark Department of Defense Reorganization Act, drafted with the late Senator Barry Goldwater, and the “Nunn-Lugar” Cooperative Threat Reduction Program, which provides assistance to Russia and the former Soviet republics for securing and destroying their excess nuclear, biological and chemical weapons.
In addition to his work with NTI, Senator Nunn has continued his service in the public policy arena as a distinguished professor in the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs at Georgia Tech and as chairman of the board of the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C.
He is a board member of the following publicly-held corporations: Chevron Corporation, The Coca-Cola Company, Dell Inc., and General Electric Company.
He is married to the former Colleen O’Brien and has two children, Michelle and Brian, and two grandchildren.