ACC x 285 on how the state’s fast-changing demographics are shaking up the Legislature

Georgia’s new legislative session began with a long list of historic firsts: First Palestinian and first Muslim woman in the state house. First South Asian woman in the state senate. First Afro-Latinos in the legislature. First Asian-American Pacific Islander caucus. Most ever Muslims and Latinos in office.

This year’s general assembly has been called the most diverse ever, with 83 people of color among its 236 members. That includes over a dozen first and second-generation immigrants–and of those, at least 10 were just elected, the vast majority of them, Democrats.

Atlanta Civic Circle and 285 South talked with a handful of new and returning lawmakers from immigrant backgrounds.

Representing Georgia: Solomon Adesanya

When Solomon Adesanya decided to run for the newly redistricted House District 43 seat in East Cobb, he was told it was a bad idea. Proving his naysayers wrong, Adesanya made history as one five Nigerian-Americans elected to the Georgia General Assembly.