ACLU of Georgia

Congresswoman Nikema Williams

Congresswoman Nikema Williams, was elected to Congress in November, representing Georgia’s 5th district and following in the footsteps of Andrew Young and John Lewis. Once in Washington, she quickly stepped into a leadership  position, as she was elected by her peers to serve as president of the Congressional Freshman class. She was appointed to three committees, including financial services and is a member of six caucuses.

Nikema comes from a long line of activists for civil rights.  Her father was a community leader and her iconic great aunt, Autherine Lucy, integrated the University of Alabama. A true servant leader and a fearless advocate for women and families, Nikema served as Vice President for Public Policy at Planned Parent Southeast, as deputy director of civic engagement at the national domestic workers alliance and as deputy executive dire at Care in Action.

In 2017, she was elected to the Georgia State Senate where she fought for working families, voting rights, fair representation and public education. As the first Black woman to chair the Democratic Party of Georgia she leads the statewide fight to expand access to opportunity for Georgians.

Nikema Williams changes existing institutions and makes them better.

Committed to free and fair elections, she speaks out against voter suppression and in 2018, was arrested at the Georgia State Capitol as she stood by her constitutes to elevate their demands that every vote  be counted in a wide contested election.