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Kim Jackson Reflects On Being Georgia’s First Openly Gay State Senator

Democrat Kim Jackson  represents portions of DeKalb and Gwinnett counties.
Democrat Kim Jackson represents portions of DeKalb and Gwinnett counties.
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A lot of fanfare centered on an historic swearing-in this week in the U.S. Senate.

The Rev. Raphael Warnock, a Democrat, is the first Black senator to represent Georgia. Fellow Democrat John Ossoff is the first of Jewish faith to do so.

But a week prior, and absent of much attention at all, another senator made history. It happened under the Georgia’s Gold Dome, not in Washington, D.C.

Democrat Kim Jackson became Georgia’s first openly gay state senator. She represents portions of DeKalb and Gwinnett counties.

Jackson spoke to WABE’s “All Things Considered” host Jim Burress about the significance of that moment.

Lily Oppenheimer contributed to this report.