Cynthia A McKinney

Born:March 17, 1955 (age 69)
Career:U.S. House of Representatives, 1993-2003, 2005-2007
Party:Democratic; Green Party
Education:B.A., University of Southern California
Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy

Cynthia A. McKinney represented Georgia in the United States House of Representatives from 1993 to 2003 and then again from 2005 to 2007. She was the first African American woman from Georgia in the U.S. House.

McKinney was born March 17, 1955, in Atlanta, Georgia. In 1978, she graduated from the University of Southern California with a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations. She completed graduate studies at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in Medford, Massachusetts. In 1984, McKinney served as a diplomatic fellow at Spelman College in Atlanta. Following, she taught political science at Agnes Scott College, in Decatur, and Clark Atlanta University.

In 2002, McKinney ran for re-election and lost to Denise Majette, but was elected again in 2004. She was defeated in the 2006 Democratic primary. She left the Democratic Party in September 2007. In the 2008 presidential election, she ran as the Green Party nominee.

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