Stacey Abrams is a political leader, voting rights activist and New York Times bestselling author. Born in Madison, Wisconsin, she and her five siblings grew up in Gulfport, Mississippi and were raised in Georgia. The daughter of two ministers, Stacey attended DeKalb County public schools and went on receive degrees from Spelman College, the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas and Yale Law School. Stacey was first elected to the Georgia House of Representatives in 2006, where she served for eleven years, including seven as Democratic Leader. She made history in 2010 as the first woman to lead either party in the Georgia General Assembly, and as the first Black leader in the House of Representatives. In 2018, Stacey became the Democratic nominee for Governor of Georgia, winning at the time more votes than any other Democrat in the state’s history. Stacey was the first Black woman to become the gubernatorial nominee for a major party in the United States, and she was the first Black woman and first Georgian to deliver a Response to the State of the Union. After witnessing the gross mismanagement of the 2018 election by the Secretary of State’s office, Stacey launched Fair Fight to ensure every American has a voice in our election system through programs such as Fair Fight 2020, an initiative to fund and train voter protection teams in 20 battleground states. Over the course of her career, Stacey has founded multiple organizations devoted to voting rights, training and hiring young people of color, and tackling social issues at both the state and national levels. In 2019, she launched Fair Count to ensure accuracy in the 2020 Census and greater participation in civic engagement, and the Southern Economic Advancement Project, a public policy initiative to broaden economic power and build equity in the South. Stacey played a prominent role in mobilizing millions of Democrats to turn Georgia blue, with President Biden’s narrow victory in 2020 and Georgia’s 2021 historic Democratic Senate runoff victories. She is a tireless champion for the people of Georgia and for democracy.
Now Stacey is stepping up to once again to face Republican Gov. Brian Kemp, the former Georgia Secretary of State who administered the 2018 election in which he was a candidate. Georgia has never elected a woman or a person of color to serve as governor, and no state in this country has ever elected a Black woman governor. Stacey is poised to be the first. Stacey has spent years working to ensure every Georgian has a voice in our democracy, and no one is more prepared to run and win in 2022. This race is expected to be the most expensive gubernatorial race in history. We have the opportunity to help Stacey turn Georgia blue and lead the state forward.