After running on a platform of inclusion and change, a relatively unknown won the Democratic primary for Kentucky’s 41st House District.
On May 17, 2016, Attica Scott beat out incumbent Tom Riner with 54% of the votes.
Scott is the first African American woman to be elected to the Kentucky State Legislature in 20 years.
“It feels amazing to be the first Black woman in almost two decades to be elected to the legislature in Frankfort — that’s huge. I’m representing a district that is 50 percent Black and 50 percent white so that says that people across the district regardless of race believed in my leadership and also knew it was time for a new voice and a fresh face,” said Scott.
The last African American woman to serve in the Kentucky State Government was Representative Eleanor Jordan (1996-2000). Jordan is a big supporter of Scott and wrote a letter to the district declaring her unwavering support.
Scott, a mother of two, holds an undergraduate degree in Political Science from Knoxville College and a graduate degree in Communications from the University of Tennessee. She is a certified anti-racism trainer, known for her community organizing around racial equality.
In 2010 Scott graduated from the first class of Emerge Kentucky, an organization which prepares Democratic women to run for office. From 2011-2015, Scott worked on issues ranging from affordable housing to labor and economic development, as a Louisville City Council Member.