Exclusive: Stacey Abrams lands Monday speaking spot at DNC 2016

House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams. Kent Johnson/AJC photo.

House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams. Kent Johnson/AJC photo.

Georgia House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams, D-Atlanta, will be prominently featured during next week’s Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has learned that Abrams will address the convention during Monday night’s opening session, prior to speeches by First Lady Michelle Obama and Vermont U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders.

Abrams is one of presumptive nominee Hillary Clinton’s top Georgia supporters.

“That alone shows how much attention is being put on Georgia,” Nikema Williams, first vice chair of the Democratic Party of Georgia, said. “Kicking off the convention on the first night will give the first night a Georgia flavor.”

On Wednesday, Abrams, who is rumored to be considering a bid for statewide office, will also participate in an EMILY’s List panel alongside U.S. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.

“We have a Democratic bench in Georgia and it’s important we highlight them on the national stage and Leader Abrams is one of our best and brightest,” Williams said.


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