A passionate advocate for justice
Nikema Williams is a proven leader, dedicated public servant, and advocate for social justice. Nikema was born in Columbus, Georgia and was raised by her grandparents. She attended Talladega College, a historically black college across the Chattahoochee River in Alabama. Nikema, who grew up helping her grandfather canvass and educate their neighbors on voting, credits her grandparents for her passion for public service. Nikema currently serves as the state senator in Georgia’s 39th Senate District. She is the first Black woman chair of the Democratic Party of Georgia and is a member of the executive and resolution committees of the Democratic National Committee. Nikema is a former vice president of public policy for Planned Parenthood Southeast, the current deputy director of civic engagement of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, and the deputy executive director of Care in Action. In the state Senate, Nikema serves on many committees, including those on economic development and tourism, retirement, state and local government operations, urban affairs, and special judiciary. She was recognized as freshman legislator of the year for her outstanding work, among other awards, including Georgia Trend Magazine’s 100 Most Influential Georgians. Nikema lives in Atlanta with her husband, Leslie, and young son, Carter.
A proven champion for Georgians
Nikema is a proven champion for her community, and she has what it takes to lead in the time of a crisis. In 2018, Nikema was arrested for standing in solidarity with her community in the fight to ensure that every Georgian’s vote was counted. As chair of the Democratic Party of Georgia, Nikema is a leading voice in the fight to protect access to the ballot and elect Democrats to all levels of government. As a legislator, she is an outspoken advocate for protecting women’s reproductive rights, expanding access to affordable health care, and supporting working families with fair wages. She is an experienced leader dedicated to ensuring that all Georgians have access to the economic opportunities that help them get ahead, and when elected to Congress, she will champion policies that work for working families. At a time when voting rights are under attack, Nikema is committed to ensuring that every voice is heard.
An open seat we cannot take for granted
Nikema is running for the open seat previously held by the late Democratic Congressman John Lewis, a civil rights hero and a tireless champion for justice. Nikema has what it takes to ensure that Atlanta continues to have a fierce advocate in Washington. Let’s show Nikema the full support of the EMILY’s List community and help send this Georgia champion for women and working families to Congress.