Congresswoman Nikema Williams has been a fearless advocate for women and families throughout her life.
Congresswoman Nikema Williams has been a fierce advocate for social justice, women and families throughout her political and professional career. She is proud to represent Georgia’s Fifth Congressional District in the United States Congress.
As a Member of Congress, Congresswoman Williams continues to uplift the legacy of her mentor and predecessor, Congressman John Lewis, by fighting to prevent voter suppression and expand free and fair access to the ballot box.
She always centers the voices of those who are most marginalized. She brings this concern to Congress having seen firsthand how women and people of color continue to fight for racial and social justice in our country.
Congresswoman Williams was elected as the Freshman Class President for the 117th Congress. As President, she organizes and advances the interests of her Freshmen Democratic colleagues to fulfill their oath to work for the people. She currently sits on the Financial Services Committee, where she is Vice Chair of the Subcommittee on Investigations & Oversight, and the Transportation and Infrastructure. Congresswoman Williams is also a member of the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress. She has membership in several caucuses including the Congressional Black Caucus, Democratic Women’s Caucus, Congressional Progressive Caucus, Voting Rights Caucus, LBGTQ+ Equality Caucus and the HBCU Caucus.
Congresswoman Williams has a passion for a number of legislative issues including voting rights, reproductive justice, social justice, economic justice and healthcare—her work addresses delivering on the promise of America for all.
Congresswoman Williams has a history of advancing the issues that matter to Georgians and underserved people across the country, regardless of their bank account or ZIP code. Before her congressional service, Congresswoman Williams served in the Georgia State Senate. As a State Senator, Williams got in the “Good Trouble” Congressman Lewis spoke about. In the wake of the disastrous 2018 Georgia elections, marked with rampant voter suppression, she was arrested at the Georgia State Capitol while peacefully protesting with her constituents, demanding that every vote be counted.
Congresswoman Williams was born in Columbus, GA and raised by her grandparents in Smiths Station, Alabama. She attended Talladega College – a liberal arts Historically Black College (HBCU) in Talladega, Alabama – where she was initiated into Chi Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.
Congresswoman Williams has been recognized as one of Georgia Trend magazine’s 100 Most Influential Georgians, Forty under Forty, Power 30 Under 30, Outstanding Atlanta, and Who’s Who in Black Atlanta. As State Senator, she received the Freshman Legislator of the Year award from the Georgia Legislative Black Caucus and the 2020 Pinnacle Leadership Award from Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. Recently, she was awarded the ACLU of Georgia’s Dare to Create – Liberty Award.
Congresswoman Williams and her husband, Leslie Small, reside in Atlanta with their son, Carter.
Senator Nikema Williams is the first Black woman Chair of the Democratic Party of Georgia. Since her election to represent Georgia’s 39th Senate District, she has spent her time fighting for working families, voting rights, fair representation and much more.
Nikema was raised by her grandparents. She attended Talladega College–a historically Black College in Alabama–where she became a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority. Nikema’s values are reflected in her work. In November of 2018, Senator Williams was arrested at the State Capitol as she stood by her constituents as they demanded that every vote be counted following the midterm elections. Nikema has been a State Director at Care in Action, a nonprofit, nonpartisan group dedicated to fighting for dignity and fairness for the millions of domestic workers in the United States, most of whom are women. She has served as the Vice President of Public Policy for Planned Parenthood, Southeast, Inc. and the Deputy Political Director at National Domestic Workers Alliance. Nikema has also worked in the education system as both a paraprofessional and a long term substitute.
Nikema has been recognized as one of Georgia Trend Magazine’s 100 Most Influential Georgians, Forty under Forty, Power 30 Under 30, Outstanding Atlanta, and Who’s Who in Black Atlanta. She received the Freshman Legislator of the Year award from the Georgia Legislative Black Caucus and the 2020 Pinnacle Leadership Award.
If elected, Nikema will fight for free and fair elections, work to reform the criminal justice system, fight to raise the federal minimum wage and work to eliminate the racial and gender based pay gap. As a mom, a product of public schools, and a former public school educator, Nikema will support fully funding public schools and fight to keep housing affordable. She will be a champion for expanding access to the full range of reproductive healthcare.
The time is now to elect more Black women to be at decision-making tables to represent us. Higher Heights for America PAC strongly encourages its members to support Nikema’s campaign with their time, talent and resources.
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