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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
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41 comments

  • Peggy P.
    08/31/2019 01:50

    Any one running for an Office serving the people needs to understand the people of their state. Stacey did not have that ability.. When she said we do not need our farmers anymore, we all could go to the grocery store and buy lour food she proved to me she was not an accountable candidate ... She has no clue...

  • Scooter L.
    08/30/2019 23:06

    She Lost! She is Incompetent, and the Voters understood it.

  • William B.
    08/30/2019 16:36

    lol

  • Javier R.
    08/30/2019 06:37

    Get some braces

  • Numinue C.
    08/30/2019 00:06

    It's something very special about Stacey. Her eyes are so bright. I believe she's going to do great things.

  • John K.
    08/29/2019 14:55

    All this woman wants to do is throw the color of her skin out there like it’s all owed to her. It’s not owed to anyone it’s earned and she hasn’t earned it

  • Silvia R.
    08/29/2019 12:39

    She is a blabbermouth who likes to play the race card to achieve her goals. Always trying to manipulate good black people.

  • Jeff L.
    08/27/2019 12:15

    Well we all know there’s more stupid people like her out there!!!! Saying I’ll vote for her lol stfu

  • Peter S.
    08/27/2019 11:21

    YOU ARE A VERY SORE LOSER!!!!!☹️

  • Kim B.
    08/27/2019 00:35

    I certainly can see her as a contender......... I would vote for her......

  • Hans C.
    08/26/2019 18:19

    Keep on sister You are doing a great job!

  • Jason M.
    08/26/2019 15:30

    She didn't nearly flip anything. All she did was lose an election and start crying racism was the reason. She doesn't have enough class to just accept that she lost a fair election and try again next time. Like most entitled demorats she just has to make up a racism story.

  • Ruth M.
    08/25/2019 15:39

    PLEASE MS ADAMS DO NOT STOP YOUR FIGHT FOR JUSTICE FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE... THANK YOU.. AND IF I LIVED IN GA YOU WOULD DEFINITELY HAVE MY VOTE... GOD BLESS..

  • Joyce E.
    08/24/2019 12:33

    Gotcha back

  • Ellen C.
    08/24/2019 11:19

    I had the privilege of hearing her speak in person during a Morehouse Banquet where Dr. Fuller donated $100,000. Awesome occasion and speaker.

  • Oscar D.
    08/23/2019 23:28

    Amazing how we don't see stuff like this in our area. Tish tish.

  • Patrick R.
    08/23/2019 10:21

    Who? 😆😆😆😏

  • Bob T.
    08/22/2019 15:18

    just what we need, another socialist!

  • Tony M.
    08/22/2019 13:08

    She didn't come close, she lost by over 60,000 votes. Come on with the lies!!!!! Please....

  • Khudjo A.
    08/22/2019 01:12

    Thank you!