Renitta Shannon utilizes her public platform to fight stigmas and create legislation for marginalized communities. Her community organizing work around economic, racial, and gender justice equipped her to serve in the Georgia State House of Representatives. She defeated a four-term incumbent and was sworn into the Georgia House in January 2017.
At 22, Renitta faced a silent crossroads that so many women are forced to face without support: abortion. Committed to ensuring that others have the infrastructure and guidance they need, Renitta speaks on national platforms, such as SiX and the Center for Reproductive Rights, about her personal abortion story and the importance of Abortion Rights. Renitta has been a consistent advocate for LGBTQ+ rights and in 2017 she came out as bisexual, joining a handful of other LGBTQ+ lawmakers in the Georgia State House.
In her first year as a legislator, Renitta was awarded as one of the Most Valuable Legislators in “The Nation Magazine’s 2017 Progressive Honor Roll”, for her work in sexual assault policy. She has spoken at the largest progressive conference in the country, Netroots Nation, National UFCW Union Conference, and NOW’s (National Organization for Women) national conference about strategies and roadmaps for progressive victories across the nation. She is also the co-founder of Her Term, a Georgia-based initiative committed to targeting, recruiting, and electing progressive women into office. Renitta’s work has been featured in TIME Magazine and Cosmo; she is a highly sought after public speaker on equality and reproductive rights and justice.