Ken Hodges was born and raised in Albany, GA. A graduate of Emory University and the University of Georgia Law School, Ken set out to become a litigator, and was elected at the age of 30 as the District Attorney in his hometown.
For 15 years as a prosecutor, 12 as District Attorney, Ken worked side-by-side with law enforcement protecting victims of crime, closing down predatory lenders, defending our children, and prosecuting public officials who thought they were above the law. When he took office, Ken worked quickly to clear a tremendous backlog, including eight death penalty cases that went to trial and won convictions.
He ran the District Attorney’s office with efficiency, always under budget, while building effective teams protecting the most innocent. He pioneered the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner’s Program, hiring a trained nurse and effective prosecutors whose sole focus was protecting victims of sexual assault and abuse, including children, and seeking justice on their behalf.
Today, the Lily Pad S.A.N.E. Center in Albany has grown to serve abused children and their families in 32 counties. Ken was named District Attorney of the Year for Georgia.
In 2008, Ken returned to private practice, working in transactional law and then litigation. In 2015, Ken started his own law firm, Ken Hodges Law, based in Albany and Atlanta with a focus on commercial litigation. Ken is the President-Elect of the State Bar of Georgia, and is a member of the Atlanta, Cobb and Dougherty County (Albany) Bar Associations.
Over the years, Ken’s peers have recognized his legal work and service, including the Georgia Criminal Justice Coordination Council Eagle Award for Outstanding Support of Crime Victims, the State Bar of Georgia’s Justice Robert Benham Award for Community Service and the State Bar’s Commitment to Equality Award.
Ken pours equal energy and commitment into his personal life. Ken and his wife, Melissa, have been married for 13 years, and have two young children, Margaret and Jack. The family is active at their church and in youth sports at the local YMCA. The family treasures time together, whether it’s taking in a Georgia Bulldog game or taking a walk in the south Georgia woods.
Both Ken and Melissa strongly believe in community service, and volunteer with non-profits across the state. Ken is currently involved with the State Bar of Georgia, the State Botanical Garden in Athens, SunTrust Bank and the King Day Celebration and has worked on boards with Easter Seals, the American Heart Association, the Albany Civil Rights Institute, Leadership Georgia, and the Georgia Chamber of Commerce.
Now, Ken is ready to serve as the next judge on Georgia’s Court of Appeals. If elected, Ken will be the only judge on the court south of Macon. Ken believes that no one is above the law. He will bring the same fairness, integrity and dedication he has demonstrated during his 27 year career to the Court of Appeals.