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The Life of Stacey Abrams

She nearly flipped Georgia blue when she ran for governor. Now Stacey Abrams continues her fight against voter suppression and says she’d be open to being a vice presidential nominee. This is her story.

Leading the fight against voter suppression

She was born in 1973 in Madison, Wisconsin, and grew up in Southern Mississippi. Her mother was a librarian and her father a shipyard worker. Her parents then became Methodist ministers, and the family moved to Atlanta. In 1992, she attended a state flag burning protest on the steps of the Georgia Capitol. At the time, Georgia's flag incorporated the Confederate battle flag. In 2003, the Confederate symbol was fully removed from the design. In 1993, Stacy Abrams spoke in the 30th anniversary of the March on Washington.

By 26, she had received degrees from Spelman College, the University of Texas and Yale Law School. Abrams then began working as a tax attorney. At 29, she was appointed the deputy city attorney for Atlanta. At 33, she was elected to the Georgia House of Representatives. In 2011, at 38, she assumed the minority leadership position and became the first black woman to lead either party there. In 2013, she created the New Georgia Project, to help register voters of color.

She has also published romance suspense novels under the name Selena Montgomery. At 44, she launched her campaign for Georgia's governorship. During her bid, she spoke on voter suppression. She won the Democratic nomination — as the first black woman from a major party to run for governor in Georgia. She quickly won a number of high-profile endorsements. Soon her financial disclosures were made public: She owed $200,000 in student loan and credit card debt. Her personal finances became an easy target for Republicans. She explained she'd paid her family’s taxes while her father was ill. Abrams lost the 2018 election by 2 points — but refused to concede in a race marred by voter suppression.

After the election, she launched the organization Fair Fight Georgia to combat voter suppression. In February 2019, she became the first black woman and the first non-office holding person to deliver a State of the Union rebuttal. She said she was still open to all options regarding her political future. She just announced she won’t run for a Senate seat.

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08/15/2019 2:01 PM

24 comments

  • Robert O.
    08/15/2019 16:36

    Get loss you bum,,

  • Robert O.
    08/15/2019 23:14

    So sad for big fat lairs

  • Sylvia P.
    08/16/2019 04:05

    ♥️🙏

  • Tony M.
    6 days

    LMMFAO!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Ernesto G.
    6 days

    Shes like I had to figure out how to navigate this ashy skin looks like newspaper when I don't put lotion & No Green hair & orange lipstick cause than I'll look like cheeseburger yeah.

  • Don B.
    6 days

    She DID LIKE HILLARY AND REFUSED TO ACCEPT THE LOSS AFTER LOSING BY OVER 50,000 VOTES!!!

  • Mary T.
    6 days

    Congratulations for not letting the fight for fairness about you You are awesome

  • Sharon A.
    5 days

    Methodist Ministers - that's all I need to hear to know she would never get my vote

  • Joe L.
    5 days

    We all have to learn how to navigate through life.

  • Sylvia J.
    5 days

    oh Lord does she not ever go away,, trying to steal the election last year,, still telling herself she won,,, no way,,

  • Rhonda L.
    4 days

    She did flip it. The elections were tampered with

  • Gail E.
    4 days

    God bless you keep the faith and you will get there.☺️

  • Wise K.
    4 days

    We are not Nero color black or African-American or color people call us by our true nationality we are Moors Moroccans 💯💯💯💯🇲🇦🇲🇦🇲🇦

  • Sandra R.
    4 days

    She is a crybaby, she lost get over it!

  • Thomas J.
    3 days

    No you are stupid uneducated and can not manage your money.

  • David D.
    3 days

    I was not voter supression it was her mouth that cost her the election!

  • Robert S.
    3 days

    Oooooooo the flag burner wonders why she didn’t get quite enough votes. LOL

  • Steve R.
    3 days

    You should team up with that other loser, Beto

  • Brenda B.
    3 days

    Stacey Abrams please continue don't stop the fight I don't know you but I listen to you Truth stay true to yourself and continue to do what is right God bless.

  • David D.
    3 days

    And she still says she won ,what a loser