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Georgia voters have elected the first openly lesbian African-American state legislator in the United States.

Simone Bell won a runoff election to represent Georgia State House District 58 becoming the second openly gay member of the Georgia State House, joining Rep. Karla Drenner.

Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, Simone has been a resident of Atlanta, Georgia for 20 years, and of the 58th District for 10 years.

A graduate of Agnes Scott College and a community organizer and activist Simone has worked as an activist and advocate in Atlanta and across the South and served as a community educator and community builder for more than 20 years. She’s worked on a broad range of policy and legislative issues including workplace equality, access to affordable healthcare, fighting HIV/AIDS stigma and discrimination, safe schools for all children, youth empowerment, LGBT rights and equality, women’s issues and overall issues of social justice, human rights and fairness.

The Georgia General Assembly is the state legislature of the U.S. state of Georgia. It is bicameral, being composed of the Georgia House of Representatives and the Georgia Senate.

Each of the 236 members of the General Assembly serve for two year terms and are directly elected by their districts. The Georgia State Constitution vests all legislative power with the General Assembly. Both houses have similar powers, though each also has unique duties. For instance, the origination of appropriation bills occurs only in the House and the Senate is tasked with confirmation of the Governor’s appointments.

The General Assembly meets in the Georgia State Capitol in Atlanta, Georgia.

House District 58 covers both Fulton & DeKalb Counties and includes the neighborhoods of East Atlanta, Cabbagetown, Reynoldstown, Edgewood, Gresham Park, Eastern Grant Park, Kirkwood, Ormewood Park, Boulevard Heights, Eastland Heights, Woodland Hills, Custer/McDonough/Guice & Benteen.

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