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2015 February

IL:Stacey Abrams

February 5, 2015 | By | No Comments

Stacey Abrams

Stacey Y. Abrams is the House Minority Leader for the Georgia General Assembly and State Representative for the 89th House District. She is the first woman to lead either party in the Georgia General Assembly and is the first African-American to lead in the House of Representatives.

Stacey grew up in Mississippi with working-class parents who taught her the value of public service and civic engagement at a young age. She graduated from Spelman College and also holds degrees from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin and Yale Law School.

Stacey returned to Atlanta as a tax attorney at the Sutherland law firm, with a focus on tax-exempt organizations, healthcare and public finance. Fiercely independent and entrepreneurial, Stacey has also founded numerous businesses. Most recently, she co-founded and serves as Senior Vice President at NOW Corporation, a financial services firm that specializes in providing access to capital for small businesses.

First elected to the Georgia House of Representatives in 2006, Stacey quickly became known for her expertise and ability to explain complicated tax and legal questions, and earned a reputation for working across party lines to pass legislation. In 2010, Stacey became House Minority Leader, where she has led the caucus to promote and pass legislation to increase educational opportunity, promote economic security, and improve the quality of life for all Georgians.