Keisha Waites

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Keisha Waites
Rep. Waites Headshot.jpg
Member of the Georgia House of Representatives
from the 60th district
Assumed office
February 13, 2012
Preceded byGloria Tinubu
Personal details
Born (1972-10-30) October 30, 1972 (age 46)
Atlanta, Georgia
Political partyDemocratic
ResidenceAtlanta, Georgia
OccupationEmergency management consultant

Keisha Sean Waites (born 1972) is an American politician from the state of Georgia. A Democrat, she was elected to the Georgia House of Representatives 60th District on February 7, 2012, in a special election. District 60 includes southeast Atlanta, College Park, East Point, Hapeville, Forest Park, Hartsfield Jackson Airport, Porsche Headquarters and parts of Clayton and DeKalb counties.[1]

Early life and career[edit]

Born in 1972 at Grady Hospital, Rep. Waites attended Lakeside High School in Atlanta and graduated in 1991. She then attended Georgia Southern and Atlanta Metropolitan College and graduated with a degree in political science.[1]

Waites's qualified for the District 60 House seat on January 9, 2012.[2][3] In the special election, she took 54.2 percent of the vote (321 votes) compared to 18.6 percent (110 votes) for Theresa Middlebrooks and 27.2 percent (161 votes) for Latrenka Riley, thus avoiding a runoff.[4]

Waites ran unopposed in the 2014 general election, maintaining her seat for another two years until the 2016 elections, when all 180 seats will be up for contest.

Waites resigned from her House seat on September 18, 2017 to run for the chairship of the Fulton County Commission.[5]


Waites was one of four openly LGBT current members of the Georgia General Assembly, alongside Democratic Representatives Karla Drenner, Park Cannon, and Sam Park.


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  2. ^ Dyana Bagby (January 11, 2012). "Atlanta lesbian Keisha Waites running for public office — for ninth time". The GA Voice.
  3. ^ "List of Candidates on the February 07, 2012 Special Election Ballot". Georgia Secretary of State.
  4. ^ Laura Douglas-Brown (February 7, 2012). "Election results: Keisha Waites to become fourth openly gay Ga. state legislator". The GA Voice.
  5. ^ [1]