Renitta Shannon defeated a four-term incumbent and in January 2017 was sworn into the Georgia State House of Representatives, joining a handful of other LGBTQ+ lawmakers in the Georgia State House. Renitta intends to utilize her public platform to fight stigmas and create legislation for marginalized communities.
At 22, Renitta faced a 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. She is also the co-founder of Her Term, a Georgia-based initiative committed to targeting, recruiting, and electing progressive women into office.
In her first year as a legislator, The Nation recognized Renitta as one of the Most Valuable Legislators in the magazine’s 2017 Progressive Honor Roll for her work in sexual assault policy. Her work has also been featured in Time and Cosmopolitan. She is a highly sought after public speaker on equality and reproductive rights and justice, having addressed large audiences at Netroots Nation, the largest progressive conference in the country, National UFCW Union Conference, and NOW’s (National Organization for Women) national conference.