The Rev. Kim Jackson effectively weaves her unique perspective of rural farmgirl roots, an urban ministry to Atlanta’s homeless community and service as Georgia’s first openly LGBTQ+ senator into compelling storytelling for the Senate well, public appearances, or a podcast.


She was first elected in 2020 to serve Senate District 41, which includes a wide swath of southern DeKalb County north of I-20 including the communities of Stone Mountain, Tucker, Clarkston and Pine Lake. An Episcopal priest, she serves as Vicar at the Church of the Common Ground, the diocesan ministry to Atlanta’s unhoused community which includes Sunday afternoon services in Woodruff Park and coordination of direct services and advocacy efforts.


Her father was a social worker with Child Protective Services for more than 30 years and her mother is a retired nurse and nursing professor, so Sen. Jackson learned early the importance of advocacy for the vulnerable and neglected as well as the need for quality early childhood education and access to healthcare. Senator Jackson may well have the most cleverly named podcast in Georgia politics for sharing her unique perspective on issues of the day. God, Goats and Government is an homage not only to her ministry, but the goats which roam freely on the small Stone Mountain farm she shares with her wife Trina, a Muslim iman. 


“I want to ensure that every Georgian has the opportunity to thrive. I know if we work together, we can make a safer, fairer, and more prosperous Georgia for all,” she said of her platform which includes quality affordable housing, Medicaid expansion, education reform, gun safety, criminal justice reform, protecting voting rights and protecting immigrants and former refugees among the long list of issues she follows carefully. Read more in her biography.

Senator Jackson was honored last weekend with the Champion for Equality Award presented by Georgia Equality during the Evening for Equality gala which celebrated the beginning of Pride Month. Accepting the award, Senator Jackson noted while advocates failed to defeat Republican sponsored SB 140, which bans gender-affirming medical care for trans youth during the 2023 session, she finds great hope for the future in the “rainbow haired” trans youth who came to the Capitol as advocates for themselves.


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