Wed., November 10, 2010 5:31pm (EST)

Georgia House Democrats Make History
By Susanna Capelouto
Updated: 3 years ago

ATLANTA  —  
Stacey Abrams, Georgia House Democrat Minortiy Leader
Stacey Abrams, Georgia House Democrat Minortiy Leader
Georgia's house democrats elected their new leadership today at the state capitol. Susanna Capelouto reports, Democrats lost strength after last week’s elections, but they made history by electing the first woman ever as minority leader.

Three rural democrats already switched to the Republican side after last week’s elections and others are being courted by the house majority, but Democrats in the state house still hold more than a third of the 180 seats. That’s enough to block amendments to the constitution in. The caucus elected Stacey Abrams as minority leader. She’s an attorney and author who quoted an anthropologist to describe the role of Georgia house democrats.

“I think Margaret Mead said it best: Never doubt that a small group of people can change the world and Georgia Democrats will start here.”

Abrams is the first woman ever to be minority leader in Georgia.