This past week, three Democrats endorsed by Stacey Abrams won runoffs for statewide office Tuesday, while two Republicans beat other members of their party who had been endorsed by former President Donald Trump.
Stacey did not win her groundbreaking 2018 campaign for governor, but she did not quit. She got right back to work because she understood that she didn’t need the title of governor to make a difference in the lives of Georgians. In between her two campaigns for governor, Stacey:
• Helped small businesses get the financing they needed to stay afloat
• Paid off the medical debt of 68,000 Georgians
• Raised funds to provide $1,000 checks to 100,000 families in need
• Helped expand access to COVID-19 tests and vaccines, especially in rural Georgia
• Advocated Medicaid expansion for 500,000+ Georgians and creation of 60,000+ Georgia jobs
• Convinced film executives to continue local productions and keep jobs in Georgia
• Delivered food and supplies to under-resourced food banks
• Supported families and communities that lost loved ones to gun violence
• Organized business leaders to take action on voting rights and the right to choose
• Developed progressive policy solutions for Georgia and other Southern states
• Campaigned and fundraised for progressive causes and Democrats in Georgia and beyond
• Founded top national voting rights organization focused on legislation, litigation and advocacy
• Launched and funded a 20-state program to recruit and train voter protection teams
• Provided funding to two dozen grassroots organizations mobilizing voters of color in Georgia
• Played a prominent role in Georgia Democrats’ historic 2020 and 2021 runoff victories
• Increased participation of hard-to-count populations for the 2020 U.S. Census
• Installed 100+ wireless internet stations across Georgia in under-connected communities
• Advanced policies to improve economic security, healthcare access, and environmental justice
• Re-watched episodes from the entire Star Trek franchise and Buffy the Vampire Slayer
• Authored several new works of fiction and non-fiction
Who is Stacey Abrams?
Stacey Abrams grew up in Gulfport, Mississippi, one of six children whose parents had three tenets: go to church, go to school, and take care of each other. Her father, a shipyard worker, and mother, a college librarian, faced financial hardships of their own, yet they taught their children the value of service to others. No matter how much they struggled to make ends meet, Stacey and her siblings were taught that someone always had less and that it was their job to serve that person. Her parents were also steadfast in seeking the best possible educational opportunities – both for their children and themselves. Education and service, both which remain central to Stacey’s identity today, were the impetus for the Abrams family’s move to Georgia.
Stacey’s parents became United Methodist ministers after pursuing graduate studies in Divinity at Emory University. Stacey and her younger siblings attended DeKalb County public schools. She is a graduate of Avondale High School with degrees from Spelman College, the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas, and Yale Law School.
Research by RWAM Team