Alisha Thomas Morgan

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Alisha Thomas Morgan
Member of the Georgia House of Representatives
from the 39th district
In office
2003–2015
Succeeded by Erica Thomas
Personal details
Born (1978-09-05) September 5, 1978 (age 39)
Miami, Florida
Political party Democratic
Residence Austell, Georgia
Website AlishaMorgan.com

Alisha Thomas Morgan (born September 5, 1978) is an American politician. She was a member of the Georgia House of Representatives from 2003 to 2015, representing the 39th district.

Personal life and education[edit]

Morgan graduated from Spelman College, where she majored in sociology and drama. She has one daughter, Lailah.[1]

Career[edit]

Morgan was elected to the Georgia House of Representatives at the age of 23. She served on the Appropriations Committee, Education Committee, Governmental Affairs Committee, Health & Human Services Committee, and Juvenile Justice Committee.[1]

Morgan is a strong supporter of charter schools and supports changing the Georgia Constitution to create a state commission to review charter school applications denied by the school board.[2] She also supports a "trigger option" that would allow local parents to remove the administration of failing schools.[3] Morgan supported Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act as a way to protect minorities from being stripped of their voting rights;[4] this section was struck down by the Supreme Court in Shelby County v. Holder. Morgan also opposes Stand-your-ground laws.[5]

In 2009, Morgan started her own company, Morganics, which focuses on public speaking and leadership development. Morgan has also published a book, titled "No Apologies: Powerful Lessons in Life, Love & Politics."[1]

Georgia State School Superintendent race[edit]

In 2014, Alisha Thomas Morgan and her opponent, Valarie Wilson, went against one another in the Democratic runoff for State School Superintendent. Later, her opponent, Valarie Wilson won the Democratic runoff facing Republican Richard Woods.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Representative Alisha Thomas Morgan" (PDF). Georgia House of Representatives. Retrieved 27 August 2013. 
  2. ^ Downey, Maureen (1 October 2012). "Two influential House members urge support of charter amendment". Atlanta Journal Constitution. Retrieved 27 August 2013. 
  3. ^ Chao, Angela (22 February 2013). "Rep. Morgan to Host Discussion on 'Trigger Bill'". South Cobb Patch. Retrieved 27 August 2013. 
  4. ^ Reed, Martin J. (21 February 2013). "Voting Rights Act defenders dispute Shelby County case going to U.S. Supreme Court". The Birmingham News. Retrieved 27 August 2013. 
  5. ^ Walton, Kiri (2 April 2012). "South Cobbers Still Mourning, Demonstrating after Trayvon Martin Shooting". South Cobb Patch. Retrieved 27 August 2013. 

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