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Quick Facts
Personal Details

Nikema Williams (Democratic Party) is a member of the U.S. House, representing Georgia's 5th Congressional District. She assumed office on January 3, 2021. Her current term ends on January 3, 2023.

Williams (Democratic Party) ran for election to the U.S. House to represent Georgia's 5th Congressional District. She won in the general election on November 3, 2020.

Williams also ran for re-election to the Georgia State Senate to represent District 39. She withdrew before the general election on November 3, 2020.

The Democratic Party of Georgia chose Williams to replace incumbent candidate John Lewis on the general election ballot after Lewis' death on July 17, 2020.

Williams was a superdelegate to the 2016 Democratic National Convention from Georgia. Williams was one of 15 superdelegates from Georgia. Superdelegates to the 2016 Democratic National Convention were not bound by the results of their state’s primary or caucus to support a specific presidential candidate. Williams supported Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination. Clinton formally won the Democratic nomination for president on July 26, 2016.

On March 23, 2020, Williams announced that she tested positive for coronavirus. for more information on political figures impacted by coronavirus.

Nikes Williams was born in Columbus, AL, and earned a bachelor's degree in biology from Talladega College in 2000. Williams' career experience includes working as Vice President of Public Policy for Planned Parented, Southeast, Inc. and is the Deputy Political Director at National Domestic Workers Alliance. She was elected chair of the Democratic Party of Georgia, named Georgia Trend Magazine's Forty under Forty and the Atlanta Business League named her a Woman of Influence in 2011. She was elected to the state senate in 2017.

Caucuses/Former Committees

Former Member, Economic Development and Tourism Committee, Georgia State Senate

Former Member, MARTOC Committee, Georgia State Senate

Former Member, Retirement Committee, Georgia State Senate

Former Member, Special Judiciary Committee, Georgia State Senate

Former Member, State and Local Governmental Operations Committee, Georgia State Senate

Former Member, Urban Affairs Committee, Georgia State Senate

Education

  • Attended, Jacksonville State University
  • Attended, Women's Campaign School, Yale
  • BA, Biology, Talladega College, 1996-2000

Professional Experience

  • Attended, Jacksonville State University
  • Attended, Women's Campaign School, Yale
  • BA, Biology, Talladega College, 1996-2000
  • Deputy Director, Care in Action, present
  • Public Policy Manager/Legislative Coordinator, Planned Parenthood of Georgia, 2008-2010
  • Political Director, Young Democrats of Georgia, 2008
  • Campaign Manager, TJ Copeland, 2004-2006

Political Experience

  • Attended, Jacksonville State University
  • Attended, Women's Campaign School, Yale
  • BA, Biology, Talladega College, 1996-2000
  • Deputy Director, Care in Action, present
  • Public Policy Manager/Legislative Coordinator, Planned Parenthood of Georgia, 2008-2010
  • Political Director, Young Democrats of Georgia, 2008
  • Campaign Manager, TJ Copeland, 2004-2006
  • Senator, Georgia State Senate, District 39, 2017-present
  • Candidate, Georgia State Senate, District 39, 2018, 2020

Current Legislative Committees

Member, Committee on Financial Services

Member, Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure

Member, Subcommittee on Aviation

Member, Subcommittee on Diversity and Inclusion

Member, Subcommittee on Highways and Transit

Member, Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations (Financial Services)

Religious, Civic, and other Memberships

  • Attended, Jacksonville State University
  • Attended, Women's Campaign School, Yale
  • BA, Biology, Talladega College, 1996-2000
  • Deputy Director, Care in Action, present
  • Public Policy Manager/Legislative Coordinator, Planned Parenthood of Georgia, 2008-2010
  • Political Director, Young Democrats of Georgia, 2008
  • Campaign Manager, TJ Copeland, 2004-2006
  • Senator, Georgia State Senate, District 39, 2017-present
  • Candidate, Georgia State Senate, District 39, 2018, 2020
  • State Director/Deputy Political Director, National Domestic Workers Alliance, 2018-present
  • Volunteer, Democrats Work, 2007-present
  • Member, Alpha Kappa Alpha
  • Member, Central United Methodist Church
  • Vice President/Director, Public Policy, Planned Parenthood Southeast, Incorporated, 2007-2018
  • Chair, Democratic Party of Georgia, District 13, 2007-2009
State Bills
Elections

2020

Congressional election

Georgia's 5th Congressional District election, 2020 (June 9 Democratic primary)

Georgia's 5th Congressional District election, 2020 (June 9 Republican primary)

General election
General election for U.S. House Georgia District 5

Nikema Williams defeated Angela Stanton King in the general election for U.S. House Georgia District 5 on November 3, 2020.

Nikema Williams (D)
85.1%
301,857 Votes

Angela Stanton King (R)
14.9%
52,646 Votes

Total votes: 354,503

Democratic primary election
Democratic primary for U.S. House Georgia District 5

Incumbent John Lewis defeated Barrington Martin II in the Democratic primary for U.S. House Georgia District 5 on June 9, 2020.

John Lewis
87.6%
142,541 Votes

Barrington Martin II
12.4%
20,096 Votes

Total votes: 162,637

Republican primary election
Republican primary for U.S. House Georgia District 5

Angela Stanton King advanced from the Republican primary for U.S. House Georgia District 5 on June 9, 2020.

Angela Stanton King
100.0%
8,566 Votes

Total votes: 8,566

Withdrawn or disqualified candidates

  • John Lewis (D)


State legislative election

Democratic primary election
Democratic primary for Georgia State Senate District 39

Incumbent Nikema Williams defeated Linda Pritchett in the Democratic primary for Georgia State Senate District 39 on June 9, 2020.

Nikema Williams
76.5%
28,246 Votes

Linda Pritchett
23.5%
8,662 Votes

Total votes: 36,908

Withdrawn or disqualified candidates

  • Nikema Williams (D)

2018

General election
General election for Georgia State Senate District 39

Incumbent Nikema Williams won election in the general election for Georgia State Senate District 39 on November 6, 2018.

Nikema Williams (D)
100.0%
67,293 Votes

Total votes: 67,293

Democratic primary election
Democratic primary for Georgia State Senate District 39

Incumbent Nikema Williams advanced from the Democratic primary for Georgia State Senate District 39 on May 22, 2018.

Nikema Williams
100.0%
16,784 Votes

Total votes: 16,784


2017

A special election for the position of Georgia State Senate District 39 was held on November 7, 2017. Because no candidate received more than 50 percent of the vote, a special runoff election between the top-two candidates was held on December 5, 2017. It featured Democrats Nikema Williams and Linda Pritchett. Nikema Williams (D) won the runoff election with 51 percent of the vote.

The candidate filing deadline was September 15. The candidates who successfully qualified to run were Republican Nick Carlson and Democrats Elijah Tutt, Linda Pritchett, Marckeith DeJesus, and Nikema Williams.

The seat became vacant following Vincent Fort's (D) resignation in August 2017 to run for mayor of Atlanta.

Georgia State Senate, District 39, Runoff Election, 2017

Party Candidate Vote % Votes
Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngNikema Williams 51.1% 11,522
Democratic Linda Pritchett 48.9% 11,047
Total Votes 22,569
Source: Georgia Secretary of State


Georgia State Senate, District 39, Special Election, 2017

Party Candidate Vote % Votes
Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngNikema Williams (advanced to runoff) 34.8% 9,208
Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngLinda Pritchett (advanced to runoff) 31.5% 8,337
Republican Nick Carlson 14.5% 3,840
Democratic Marckeith DeJesus 10.9% 2,883
Democratic Elijah Tutt 8.2% 2,178
Total Votes 26,446
Source: Georgia Secretary of State
Speeches

Paycheck Fairness Act

Apr. 15, 2021Floor Speech
Articles

Tested positive for coronavirus on March 23, 2020

Jan. 1, 1900

On March 23, 2020, Williams announced that she had tested positive for coronavirus. Coronavirus pandemic Select a topic from the dropdown below to learn more.Political responses overviewState reopening plansDocumenting America's Path to RecoveryDaily updatesElection changesChanges to vote-by-mail and absentee voting proceduresFederal responsesState responsesState executive ordersStay-at-home ordersMultistate agreementsNon-governmental reopening plansEvictions and foreclosures policiesTravel restrictionsEnacted state legislationState legislative session changesSchool closuresState court closuresInmate releasesLocal government responsesDiagnosed or quarantined politiciansBallot measure changesArguments about government responsesThe 1918 influenza pandemicPandemic Response Accountability CommitteeUnemployment filingsLawsuitsSubmit COVID-19, also known as coronavirus disease 2019.

Arrest at state capitol (2018)

Jan. 1, 1900

On November 13, 2018, Capitol police arrested Williams and 14 other demonstrators during a protest at the Capitol. Williams was charged with misdemeanor obstruction of justice. The protest was organized by Black Lives Matter to insist on the counting of all absentee and provisional ballots in the 2018 state gubernatorial election. Demonstrators were participating in chants in the capitol rotunda. Authorities said the protest was disbanded after several warnings that chanting and yelling was prohibited while lawmakers were in session. Williams said she was not yelling or chanting: "I stood peacefully next to my constituents because they wanted their voices to be heard, and now I’m being arrested."

Events

2020

May 14
City of Atlanta Town Hall

Thur 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM EDT

www.tinyurl.com/ATLVirtualTH

May 12
City of South Fulton Town Hall

Tue 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM EDT

tinyurl.com/COSFTownHall

Apr. 30
Volunteer from Home!

EDT

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