||Stacey Yvonne Abrams
|Birth / Age
||December 9, 1973 ( 47 years )
||Madison, Wisconsin, U.S.
||B.A. degree in Interdisciplinary Studies (Political Science, Economics and Sociology) from Spelman College , J.D. degree from Yale Law School
||Politician , Lawyer , Voting rights activistauthor
|Wife / Girlfriend
||Leslie Abrams (Federal Judge)
Stacey Yvonne Abrams is an American politician, lawyer, voting rights activist, and author who served within the Georgia House of Representatives from 2007 to 2017, serving as legislator from 2011 to 2017. A member of the Democratic Party , Abrams founded Fair Fight Action, a corporation to deal with voter suppression, in 2018. Her efforts are widely credited with boosting vote in Georgia, including within the 2020 presidential election, where Joe Biden won the state, and in Georgia's 2020–21 U.S. Senate election and special election, which gave Democrats control over the Senate. In 2021, Abrams was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize for her efforts within the 2020 election.
Stacey Abrams was the Democratic nominee within the 2018 Georgia gubernatorial election, becoming the primary African-American female major-party gubernatorial nominee within the us .She lost and refused to formally consider to Brian Kemp in an election marked by accusations that Kemp engaged in voter suppression as Georgia Secretary of State. In February 2019, Abrams became the primary African-American woman to deliver a response to the State of the Union address.
Early life , Family and Education -- The second of six siblings, Abrams was born to Robert and Carolyn Abrams in Madison, Wisconsin, and raised in Gulfport, Mississippi. The family moved to Atlanta, Georgia, where her parents pursued graduate degrees at Emory University and later became Methodist ministers. She attended Avondale highschool , graduating as valedictorian, and where she was selected for a Telluride Association Summer Program. While in highschool , she was hired as a typist for a congressional campaign, and at age 17, she was hired as a speechwriter supported the edits she had made while typing.
In 1995, Abrams earned a Bachelor of Arts in interdisciplinary studies (political science, economics, and sociology) from Spelman College, magna worthy .While in college, she worked within the youth services department within the office of Atlanta mayor Maynard Jackson. She later interned at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. As a freshman in 1992, Abrams took part during a protest on the steps of the Georgia Capitol, during which she joined in burning the state flag. At that point , Georgia's state flag incorporated the Confederate flag , which had been added to the state flag in 1956 as an anti-civil rights movement action.The flag was designed by Southern Democrat John Sammons Bell, an attorney and Chair of the Democratic Party of Georgia who was an outspoken supporter of segregation.As a Harry S. Truman Scholar, Abrams studied public policy at the University of Texas at Austin's LBJ School of Public Affairs, where she earned a Master of Public Affairs degree in 1998. In 1999, she earned a Juris Doctor from Yale school of law .
Career and Achivements -- Abrams is pro-choice, advocates for expanded regulation , and opposes proposals for stricter voter ID laws. She has argued that voter ID laws disenfranchise minorities and therefore the poor.Abrams pledged to oppose legislation almost like the religious liberty bill that Governor Deal vetoed in 2016.
Health care -- In her campaign for governor, Abrams said her top priority was Medicaid expansion.She cited research showing that Medicaid expansion improved health care access for low-income residents and made hospitals in rural locations financially viable.She also created an idea to deal with Georgia's high maternal deathrate .
Education -- Abrams would really like to extend spending on public education.She opposes school vouchers, instead advocating improvements to the general public education system. She supports smaller class sizes, more school counselors, protected pensions, better buy teachers, and expanded infancy education.
Criminal justice reform -- Abrams supports criminal justice reform within the sort of no cash bail for poor defendants, abolishing the execution , and decriminalizing possession of small amounts of marijuana.She also supports community policing to stay communities safe as a part of criminal justice reform.
Israeli-Palestinian conflict -- Abrams may be a strong supporter of Israel and rejects "the demonization and delegitimization of Israel represented" by the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign," which she has called "anti-Semitic." But she voted against Georgia's anti-BDS legislation that punishes companies that prefer to boycott Israel or Israeli-occupied territories. Abrams wrote, "Boycotts are a critical a part of social justice in American history, particularly for African-Americans. because the Anti-Defamation League notes, the origin of BDS is predicated within the anti-apartheid movement."
Policical -- In 2002, at age 29, Abrams was appointed a deputy city attorney for the City of Atlanta.