A trailblazing leader fighting for all Georgians
Stacey Abrams is a tireless champion for Georgia’s working families. Her parents, both ministers, taught her and her five siblings the importance of service early in life. She attended DeKalb County public schools and went on to earn degrees from Spelman College, the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin, and Yale Law School. Stacey has put her education to work for the state of Georgia as a dedicated public servant, an innovative nonprofit leader, and a successful small business owner. First elected to the Georgia House of Representatives in 2006, Stacey quickly established a reputation as a sharp expert on tax and legal issues, and as a fierce progressive willing to reach across the aisle to help working families. In 2010, she made history as the first woman to lead either party in the Georgia General Assembly, and the first African American to lead in the House of Representatives. In 2014, EMILY’s List honored Stacey with the first ever Gabrielle Giffords Rising Star Award — named after a woman who exemplifies everything exceptional about American public servants. Stacey is leading the charge to turn Georgia blue, and has worked strategically to recruit, train, elect, and defend Democrats to prevent a Republican supermajority in the House. She is committed to mobilizing voters of color by reaching out to those who too often go unheard and has committed to increasing the number of registered voters of color in the state.
A champion for economic opportunity, education, and civil rights
Stacey puts the people of Georgia first and fights to increase economic opportunity for all. She has brokered compromises that led to progress on transportation, infrastructure, and education, and as governor she will work tirelessly to move Georgia forward for women and families. As co-founder of a financial services firm that helps small businesses grow, Stacey has helped create or retain thousands of jobs in Georgia. As a business-savvy governor, she will continue the fight to make Georgia a state where both families and businesses thrive. Stacey fights for all families’ economic security, and she recently passed legislation to improve the welfare of grandparents and other kin raising children, ensuring that they have a fair shot. As Minority Leader, she has stopped legislation that would have raised taxes on the poor and middle class and rolled back reproductive health care. Stacey fearlessly tackles the toughest problems facing working families, and she is committed to increasing access to affordable quality health care. “As a nation that prides itself on innovation and reinvention, we are honor-bound to find the right prescription,” she has said. Her many successful initiatives as a party leader include holding town hall meetings across the state. “We have to make sure we are constantly pushing an engaged democracy,” she has said. “People need to know we care.” As governor, she will continue to fight back against voter suppression, and she will fiercely defend all Georgians’ civil rights.
An historic opportunity in a rapidly changing state
Georgia is undergoing dramatic demographic changes, and its young and ever more racially diverse electorate has the potential to change the face of power in 2018. Donald Trump won Georgia with less than 51 percent of the vote in 2016, and Stacey is the only candidate who has what it takes to move this state beyond the era of Republican dominance in 2018. She has spent years working to ensure every Georgian has a voice in our democracy and that our elected leaders look like the face of America, and no one is more prepared to run and win in 2018. “There is a hunger for representation,” she has said. “There is a desire to make certain the state starts to serve everyone.” The Peach State has never before elected a woman or a person of color to serve as governor, and no state has ever elected an African American woman governor. Stacey is poised to be the first. As President Trump and his extreme Republican allies in legislatures attack the rights of women and communities of color, governors have the power to protect the people they serve. Women remain underrepresented in critical executive leadership positions — even more so for women of color. We have the opportunity to help Stacey turn Georgia blue and lead the state forward, and with the full support of the EMILY’s List community she can — and will — win.