First Woman, First Black to Lead Caucus in Georgia Legislature
(AJC) — Georgia House Democrats elected state Rep. Stacey Abrams as their minority leader Wednesday, making her the first woman and the first black to lead a caucus in the state Legislature. The 36-year-old Atlanta lawyer will be up against an empowered Republican majority. House Republicans added three seats in last week’s election. Since then, three more Democrats have defected to the GOP caucus, meaning the party now has 111 seats in the 180-member chamber. House Speaker David Ralston — who entered the chamber to congratulate Abrams after her election — suggested the GOP may not be done poaching from Democratic ranks. “We’re still in discussions with members of the other caucus and we’ll see how it all shakes out,” Ralston said.