This Day in Georgia History
November 03, 1992
Cynthia McKinney First Black Woman Elected to Congress
Cynthia McKinney became the first black woman elected from Georgia to the U.S. Congress, winning as a Democrat in the newly created 11th congressional district, which had a black majority and stretched from Atlanta almost to the Atlantic ocean. McKinney was reelected in 1994, but subsequently the U.S. Supreme Court decision struck down several of Georgia’s congressional districts–including the 11th–as unconstitutionally drawn. In 1996, McKinney successfully won election in Georgia’s new 4th district (which had a white majority). She won again in 1998 and 2000. lost in 2002, won in 2004, and lost in 2006. In 2007, she left the Democratic Party and joined the Green Party. In the 2008 election, McKinney ran as the presidential candidate of the Green Party.