About Stacey

Stacey Godfrey Evans was born and raised in Ringgold, Georgia, a small town in the northwest corner of the state just this side of the Tennessee state line. Stacey is proud to have called Georgia home her entire life. The child of carpet mill workers who struggled to make ends meet, she learned the value of hard work and gained the determination to make education her top priority.S A A

Although Stacey’s parents encouraged her ambition to attend college, they could not afford to support her once she graduated from high school. Stacey’s dedication to her schoolwork qualified her for the HOPE scholarship. Through a PELL grant and working as a waitress, she was able to afford housing and other expenses. Stacey went on to be the first person in her family to graduate from college when she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Political Science from the University of Georgia.

Stacey decided that she wanted to be an attorney after participating in the Georgia High School Mock Trial
Competition back in Ringgold. Stacey fulfilled her dream when she graduated from the University of Georgia School of Law with honors. While there she served as a member of the Georgia Law Review. Stacey started her legal career at Powell, Goldstein, Frazer & Murphy, LLP, which later became Bryan Cave LLP. She practiced securities litigation there for eight years before going on to become a small business founder and owner as a partner in the law firm of Wood, Hernacki & Evans, LLC. Here she took on healthcare giants in Medicare fraud cases in addition to representing individuals in defamation cases. Stacey continues this work now in her own law firm, S.G. Evans Law, LLC.

Stacey is a proud supporter of the program that first sparked her interest in Law, Mock Trial. She is a past Chair for the statewide Georgia High School Mock Trial Competition and has served as a competition judge and a regional competition coordinator.

Stacey was first elected to the Georgia House of Representatives in 2010 with 68.4% of the vote. She was most recently re-elected in 2016 with 73.25% of the vote. She currently serves on the House Rules, Appropriations, Judiciary, Juvenile Justice, Ethics, and Interstate Cooperation committees. She is also a member of the Code Revision Commission.

Stacey Evans has gained the respect of colleagues on both sides of the political aisle, especially with her work to expand eligibility for the HOPE Grant, which provides tuition for students attending technical schools. In 2013, she introduced bipartisan legislation to help restore HOPE Grant funding for the 45,000 students who were forced to leave technical schools due to the 2011 cuts to the HOPE Grant. This legislation was adopted by the governor and passed with strong bipartisan support. In 2014, Stacey again authored bipartisan legislation to expand access to the HOPE Grant that led to the passing of the legislation that created the Zell Miller HOPE Grant, a grant that provides full tuition for technical school students that maintain a 3.5 grade point average.

During the 2015 Legislative session, she gained public recognition for helping lead the charge in the House Judiciary Committee against the ill named “religious freedoms” bill that aimed to protect people who chose to discriminate against the LGBT community.

In 2016, Stacey was elected by her Democratic colleagues to serve as Chair of the Democratic House Caucus.

Stacey is a member of the Board of Directors for the Smyrna Public Safety Foundation and Communities in Schools of Marietta/Cobb County. She is a member of the Cobb County Democratic Party and Cobb County Democratic Women. She also serves on the KSU Political Science Advisory Board and the University of Georgia School of Law Alumni Council.

Stacey is a two term past statewide president for the Young Democrats of Georgia and a past chair for Georgia’s WIN List. WIN stands for “Women In Numbers,” and this trailblazing organization provides financial and strategic support for women running for statewide and legislative offices in Georgia. She is also a past member of the Board of Directors of the Red Clay Democrats. She has served on the Board of the Cobb Library Foundation, and the events committee for the Triple Pink Foundation, which works to raise awareness regarding triple negative breast cancer.

Stacey has been recognized by a broad range of groups for her legislative work. She was the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association “Legislator of the Year” in 2014 and was awarded an A+ rating in 2013 by the Georgia Chamber of Commerce. She has received several awards from Creative Loafing in recent years, including Best State Elected Official in 2013, the “Teach your Children and Colleagues Well” award in 2013, and the “Super Woman“ award in 2012, when she returned to the Legislative Session just one week after giving birth to her daughter. The Cobb County Democratic Party awarded her the “Joe Mack Wilson People’s Champion” award in 2013, and the Cobb County Democratic Women named her their legislator of the year in 2013. The Cobb County chapter of the Association of University Women named Stacey their “Woman of the Year” for 2012. And the Georgia Water Coalition has also recognized Stacey for her 2015 work to protect the marshes of South Georgia.

Stacey has also earned several honors for leadership and community service. In 2015, Stacey was named to Georgia Trend’s 40 Under 40 List and the Fulton County Daily Report’s List of 40 Under 40 Rising Stars in the Legal Community. In 2004, Stacey was recognized by the Atlanta Business Chronicle in its article, “Up and Comers/Under 40 and Rising: 50 of Atlanta’s Most Promising Young Stars.” She was the youngest person in this group of distinguished Georgians. Stacey was also named to the Class of 2008 of Outstanding Atlanta. And in 2012, Stacey was named to UGA’s “40 under 40.” She is a graduate of LEAD Atlanta, the State Bar Young Lawyers Division Leadership Academy, and the Atlanta Women’s Foundation Destiny Fund. She was named to Atlanta Magazine’s Super Lawyers Rising Stars List in 2010-2012 and 2014-2016.

Stacey met her husband Andrew in law school, and they were married in December of 2004. Andrew is an attorney and small business lender. They reside in Smyrna with their young daughter, Ashley, and little mutt dog, Dexter.