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House Democrats Elect New Minority Leader

ATLANTA -- It's a first for the Gold Dome.

House Democrats have elected State Rep. Stacey Abrams Minority Leader for the next legislative session.

She will be the first woman and the first African-American to hold a leadership position for either party in the General Assembly.

"It is an honor and privilege to serve as Minority Leader in the House," Abrams, who represents House District 84 in Atlanta, said in a statement. "I take this call to leadership very seriously and will devote myself to developing the tools our caucus needs to better communicate with the voters in their districts."

The 36-year-old lawyer replaces DuBose Porter, of Dublin, who launched an unsuccesful bid for the Democratic nomination for governor. She defeated state Rep. Virgil Flood, of Tyrone, in a secret ballot election on Wednesday.

House Republicans added three seats in last week's election.
Since then, three Democrats have defected to the GOP caucus,
meaning the party now has 111 seats in the 180-member chamber.

"The recent election showed some realignment and has illuminated the areas where we have to put our focus for the future," Abrams said. "Many say the clearest message from last week's election was a clamor for jobs and a rebound in the economy. I'd say that's the surface message. What Georgians want is economic security for their families - which is more than just a job. It's a job that pays well. It's an educational system that prepares their children to get those jobs. It's a transportation system that let's them spend more time at home than on 675. Any party that only hears "jobs" is going to be in trouble in the long run. And it will be the responsibility of the Democratic Caucus to show Georgians what they could have and what they're getting instead."