Georgia Lawmaker Stacey Abrams Tells How State Policymaking Can Help Families and Kids Succeed

Posted September 13, 2016, By the Annie E. Casey Foundation

In this episode of CaseyCast, host Lisa Hamilton talks with Stacey Abrams, minority leader of the Georgia House of Representatives. Their conversation focuses on the broad role of state policymaking in improving the lives of kids and families. It also explores the responsibilities and opportunities that state legislatures have in addressing specific issues, such as kinship care, criminal justice reform and racial inequity.

Other discussion points include:

  • The importance of reliable data in policymaking.
  • How advocates can help ensure that issues affecting children and families are a legislative priority.
  • Which children’s issues are ripe for political compromise.
  • What legislators can do to improve the lives — and futures — of kids growing up in the South.

About the Expert

Stacey Y. Abrams serves as the minority leader of the Georgia House of Representatives and as a state representative for the 89th House District. A graduate of Yale Law School, Abrams is the first woman to lead either party in the Georgia General Assembly and the first African-American to lead in the House of Representatives.

Download or stream our podcast interview with Rep. Stacey Abrams