Decatur, Georgia , United States
|| May 18, 1955
Jan 08, 2016 05:00pm
Liberal - Anti School Vouchers - Anti-Death Penalty - Anti-Social Security Privatization - Pro Environment - Pro-Choice - Pro-Gun control - Disbarred -
|Info||Congresswoman Denise L. Majette is living proof that a strong faith and a good education are the keys to success. A native of Brooklyn, New York and educated in New York City public schools, she overcame tremendous odds to be among the first classes of African-American women to earn an undergraduate degree from Yale University thirty years ago. In 1979, Denise was one of four African-American women to earn a Juris Doctor degree from Duke University School of Law. |
Blessed with a strong foundation created by her parents, her church and her community, Denise's motivation comes from a spirit deep within her. Her strong Christian faith supports her belief that, "to whom much is given, much is required."
Denise Majette believes that service to community is service to God. That belief led her to pursue her childhood dream of being a lawyer in public service. As a lawyer at the Legal Aid Society in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, she represented low-income individuals in landlord-tenant, consumer, disability and family law cases. At the same time she taught law as a Clinical Adjunct Professor at Wake Forest University School of Law for a year before moving to Georgia in 1983.
Denise has been a lawyer for 25 years, and has worked in both the public and private sectors. In Georgia, she was the first African-American staff attorney on the Court of Appeals of Georgia. She later served as a Special Assistant Attorney General under Attorney General Michael Bowers while she was a partner in the law firm of Jenkins, Nelson and Welch in Atlanta.
On July 1, 1992, Ms. Majette took office as an Administrative Law Judge for the State Board of Workers' Compensation, where she served until June 1993, when Governor Zell Miller appointed her to the State Court of DeKalb County. She won both of her elections with overwhelming majorities.
On February 1, 2002, Judge Majette resigned her judgeship and gave up her six-figure salary for a year to run for Congress. Majette shocked the nation six months later when she defeated Cynthia McKinney in the Democratic primary. Majette won 77 percent of the vote in the general election.
The freshman class of Democrats of the 108th Congress elected Congresswoman Majette as their President. Majette served on three Congressional committees: Budget, Small Business and Education and the Workforce. Her ability to pass legislation impressed the leadership, who appointed her an Assistant Democratic Whip, a high honor for a freshman.
In March 2004, Denise chose to run for the open U. S. Senate seat vacated by Senator Zell Miller. That summer Denise Majette made history again. She defeated seven other Democratic candidates to become the first woman and first African-American from Georgia to become her party's nominee for the United States Senate. She received almost 1.3 million votes in the 2004 general election. No other woman or African-American has ever received more votes in a Georgia statewide election.
Congresswoman Majette's professional and community activities have included Miller Grove PTA program committee, Leadership DeKalb, the Junior League, the DeKalb Bar Association, DeKalb Lawyers Association, the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, and the American Bar Association Litigation Section Task Force on the Judiciary.
Named one of Ebony Magazine's Most Intriguing People of 2004, Majette has received numerous awards and honors, including the "Judge's Community Recognition Award" from the Georgia State University School of Law BALSA, the Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys' "You Go, Girl" award and the 2005 "Women Pioneers" award from the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority.
Denise is married to Rogers J. Mitchell, Jr., and their family includes three children and two grandchildren. Denise and her husband are active members of Antioch AME Church in Stone Mountain, near their home.
Congresswoman Majette has just written her first book, Running the Race, Keeping the Faith. Knowing that the best investment we can make is in the education of our children, Denise Majette is now running to be elected Georgia's next State School Superintendent.