[<< wikipedia] Lucy McBath
Lucia Kay McBath (née Holman; born June 1, 1960) is an American politician serving as the U.S. Representative from Georgia's 6th congressional district. The district, which was once represented by former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and former Senator Johnny Isakson, includes many of Atlanta's affluent northern suburbs, such as Alpharetta, Roswell, Johns Creek, Dunwoody, Sandy Springs, Brookhaven, and parts of Tucker and Marietta. She is a member of the Democratic Party.
McBath's son, Jordan Davis, was murdered in November 2012. She became an advocate for gun control, joining other mothers of black murder victims to form the Mothers of the Movement, and spoke at the 2016 Democratic National Convention. McBath ran for the House of Representatives in 2018 and defeated Republican incumbent Karen Handel. McBath and Handel faced each other, once again, in the 2020 election, and McBath won.


== Early life and career ==
McBath was born in Joliet, Illinois, on June 1, 1960. Her father, Lucien Holman, was a dentist who owned The Black Voice, an African-American newspaper, and served as president of the NAACP's Illinois chapter. Her mother, Wilma, worked as a nurse. Lucy has a sister, Lori.McBath attended Virginia State University and graduated with a bachelor's degree in political science in 1982. After college, McBath worked as an intern for former Virginia governor Douglas Wilder. In the 1990s, she became a flight attendant for Delta Air Lines and relocated to Atlanta, where Delta is headquartered.


== Political activism ==

In 2012, McBath's 17-year-old son, Jordan Davis, was shot and killed following an argument at a gas station in Florida about loud music. The shooting and its aftermath received national attention, and prompted discussion about controversial self-defense laws, commonly known as stand-your-ground laws. Her son's killer, Michael Dunn, was convicted of first degree murder and was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.Following her son's death, McBath joined Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America as a national spokeswoman. She attended a speech on gun violence at the White House given by President Barack Obama, and supported the My Brother's Keeper Challenge. McBath also joined the gun control advocacy group Mothers of the Movement, which consists of African American women whose children have been killed by gun violence. McBath opposed campus carry legislation in Florida.McBath campaigned actively for Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election and spoke on her behalf at the 2016 Democratic National Convention.McBath created a foundation, Champion In The Making Legacy, to help high school graduates continue their education and training.McBath appeared in a 2015 documentary film, 3 1/2 Minutes, 10 Bullets, that explored her son's shooting. McBath also appeared in the 2015 documentary film The Armor of Light, in which Rob Schenck, a pro-life Evangelical minister, discusses gun violence in America; The Armor of Light won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Social Issue Documentary.


== U.S. House of Representatives ==


=== Elections ===
2018
McBath credits her decision to run for office to a meeting with State Representative Renitta Shannon, who urged her to run. Several other factors contributed to her decision, including the election of Donald Trump, and the undoing of previously-enacted gun control measures.After initially planning to run for the Georgia House of Representatives against incumbent Republican Sam Teasley in the 2018 elections, she decided after the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting to instead challenge Karen Handel, the incumbent Republican in the United States House of Representatives representing Georgia's 6th congressional district.Although the 6th has historically tilted Republican, Handel was thought to be vulnerable. Donald Trump barely carried the district in 2016. Also, Handel won a hotly contested special election in 2017 to Jon Ossoff that remains the most expensive U.S. House race in American history.
In the Democratic Party primary election on May 22, McBath led all challengers with 36% of the vote. She faced Kevin Abel, the second-place finisher, in a runoff election on July 24. She defeated Abel with 53.7 percent of the vote.McBath faced Handel in the general election in November and declared victory with 159,268 votes, surpassing Handel's 156,396 with 100% of precincts reporting. She became the first Democrat to represent this district since it moved to Atlanta's northern suburbs in 1993. Indeed, she was the first Democrat to garner even 40 percent of the vote in a general election for the district since Gingrich left office in 1999. A number of reports described McBath as the first Democrat to represent this district since Gingrich won it in 1978. However, for his first seven terms, Gingrich represented a district that stretched across a swath of exurban and rural territory south and west of Atlanta; he transferred to the reconfigured 6th after the 1990 census.
Her victory was described by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution as "the biggest Georgia Democratic upset of the 2018 midterms."
2020
McBath was discussed as a possible candidate in the 2020 Georgia Senate special election. According to The Hill, McBath was considered "one of the top potential contenders" among Democrats for the seat. However, she declined to run for that office, saying she preferred to continue focusing on her work in the House.McBath raised $620,000 in the fourth quarter of 2019. As of the end of 2019, McBath had $1.3 million cash on hand for her reelection bid. 93% of her contributions came from small-dollar donors.She won the November 3, 2020, general election with 54.2% of the vote in a rematch against Karen Handel. She got a significant boost from Joe Biden carrying the district with 55 percent of the vote, the first time a Democrat had carried the district at the presidential level in its present configuration as a northern suburban district.

2022In the 2021 redistricting session, McBath's district was significantly altered by Republican state legislators: the 6th district lost its portion of heavily Democratic DeKalb County in exchange for conservative exurban counties such as Forsyth and Cherokee. The new configuration shifts the district from one that voted for Joe Biden by double digits to one that voted for Donald Trump by double digits, likely securing the seat for Republicans in the 2022 elections. Reports have speculated that McBath could run in another district. 
In November 2021, she announced that she would run for re-election in the 7th district. Currently held by fellow Democratic Rep. Carolyn Bourdeaux, the district became significantly more Democratic in redistricting. Though neither Democrat lives in the new version of the 7th district, Bourdeaux responded to McBath's entrance by highlighting her "deep connections" with the people of Gwinnett County.


=== Tenure ===
McBath cosponsored the Honoring American Veterans in Extreme Need Act (or "HAVEN Act"), which provides disabled veterans with bankruptcy protections.McBath co-sponsored legislation to extend Pell Grant eligibility to college students if their school closed, or if school officials committed institutional fraud or misconduct.


=== Committee assignments ===
Committee on Education and Labor
Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions
Subcommittee on Workforce Protections
Committee on the Judiciary
Subcommittee on Antitrust, Commercial and Administrative Law
Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security


=== Caucus memberships ===
Congressional Black Caucus
New Democrat Coalition


== Political positions ==


=== Abortion ===
McBath supports legal abortion. She has said she supports funding programs that give women "autonomy over their reproductive decisions".


=== Health care ===
McBath supports making changes to the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. She does not support a "Medicare for All"-style approach.McBath supports expanding Medicaid in Georgia, and would lower the age of Medicare eligibility to 55.


=== Economy ===
McBath has said she is critical of some of the 2017 Republican tax cuts, but she would like to make the temporary middle-class tax cuts permanent.McBath voted for the Raise the Wage Act, which would increase the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour. Before voting for the bill, the centrist New Democrat coalition (of which McBath is a part) secured some changes: a longer timeline to phase in the wage increases, and provisions that would pause wage increases if a federal study shows adverse economic impacts.


=== Gun control ===
McBath initially decided to run for Congress because she believed the government was not doing enough to prevent gun violence. She advocates for universal background checks before purchasing a firearm, as well as red flag laws to keep guns out of the hands of people who are at risk of violence.During the 2018 election, McBath vowed to respect Second Amendment rights. She also promised to push for "implementing background checks for all firearm purchases; raising the minimum age to purchase a gun to 21 years of age; working to defeat conceal carry reciprocity measures; and introducing legislation to keep guns out of the hands of domestic abusers and other criminals."


=== Immigration ===
McBath does not favor abolishing the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE).


=== Donald Trump ===
Prior to the Trump-Ukraine scandal, McBath had been cautious about impeaching President Donald Trump, or opposed it outright. For instance, in the aftermath of the Mueller investigation, McBath was one of 137 Democrats who voted to kill an impeachment resolution.In October 2019, McBath voted in favor of launching an impeachment inquiry into Trump. She sits on the House Judiciary Committee, which has been tasked with handling some impeachment-related business. During a town hall event, she said she had felt "furious" about "the lack of accountability" from the Trump administration, due to what she called a lack of responsiveness to congressional subpoenas. At the same event, she also said "I don't like having to [participate in the impeachment process]. ... I don't want to have to say this about our President of the United States and the White House."On December 18, 2019, McBath voted in favor of articles of impeachment against President Trump on the House Judiciary Committee.


=== Joe Biden ===
As of August 2021, McBath had voted in line with President Joe Biden's stated position 100% of the time.


== Electoral history ==


== Personal life ==
McBath grew up in a military family; her father, brother, nephew and cousin all served in the US military in some capacity.
McBath has survived two bouts of breast cancer. She is married to Curtis McBath. They live in Marietta.
She had a son, Lucien, who died in 1993. Her other son, Jordan, was murdered in 2012. McBath is deeply religious and named him after the River Jordan in the Bible.


== See also ==
List of African-American United States representatives
Politics of Georgia
Women in the United States House of Representatives
Doreen Lawrence


== References ==


== Further reading ==
McBath, Lucy (April 9, 2018). ""A New Path Forward Has Opened": How My Son's Murder Inspired Me To Run For Congress". Vanity Fair.


== External links ==
U.S. House website
Lucy McBath for Congress campaign websiteBiography at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
Profile at Vote Smart
Financial information (federal office) at the Federal Election Commission
Legislation sponsored at the Library of Congress
Appearances on C-SPAN