Early Life & Education
Stacey Abrams was born on December 9, 1973, in Madison, Wisconsin. Her family later moved to Atlanta, Georgia, where she graduated as Valedictorian from Avondale High School.
In 1995, Abrams earned a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from Spelman College. She then later obtained her Masters in Public Affairs at the Lyndon B. Johnson School. By 1999, Abrams had earned a Juris Doctor from Yale Law School.
Career in Politics
A Brief Timeline
November 2002: Appointed as the Atlanta deputy city attorney
November 2006:Ran to represent District 89 at the Georgia House of Representatives
January 2011-2017: Served as the minority leader in the Georgia House of Representatives
May 2018: Won the Democratic Primary and became the first Black Woman in the United States to be the major party's nominee for governor
January 2019: Became the first Black woman to present a rebuttal in the State of the Union Address
August 2019: Announced the Fair Fight organization, which engages voter mobilization and intends to promote fair elections in Georgia
August 2020: One of the 17 speakers at the 2020 Democratic National Convention
November 2020: The New York Times credited Abrams to Biden's win in Georgia, in addition to securing 800,000 newly registered voters. Watch the video below to see how Abrams turned Georgia blue!
Healthcare: Abrams believes in Medicaid expansion as she introduced the 'Expand Medicaid Now' Act in 2016 and 2017. Said plan aimed to block a legislation that attempted to roll back reproductive rights to weaken a 20-week abortion ban.
Criminal Justice: Abrams worked together with law enforcement, legislature and varying levels of the criminal justice system. She helped pass changes to reform private probation, was appointed to the Judicial Nominating Committee and advocated for diversity in courts.
Education: Stacey Abrams advocates for affordable childcare, pre-kindergarten programs and fully-funded public schools. Abrams partnered with educators to fight against efforts to hand public schools over to private interests. She preserved the HOPE scholarship by preventing requirements that would have harmed low-income students and students of color.
To view Stacey Abrams legislative record click here.