Georgia State Senator, 48th District
Zahra (Sheikholeslam) Karinshak graduated from the United States Air Force Academy in 1989, placing her in the 9th class to accept women. Zahra was the top graduate from intelligence school with the highest academic average in the course’s history. Upon graduation, she served as an intelligence officer during the first Gulf War and then returned home to attend Emory University School of Law.
During her military service, Zahra received many awards, including the Meritorious Service Medal and the Air Force Commendation Medal. As a federal prosecutor, she gained experience in conducting grand jury investigations, trial, and prosecuting cases involving fraud, public corruption, money laundering, violent crimes, child exploitation, and immigration. Now, after 21 years of practicing law, she is the senator for Georgia State Senate 48th District.