Evans Named James Magazine’s 2016 Legislator Of The Year

In politics the phrase “rising star” gets thrown around every time a young legislator wins a seat. When it comes to Smyrna’s Stacey Evans, though, it couldn’t be more merited. Since her election to the state House in 2010, the Democrat attorney has become an articulate voice and face of the party in Georgia. She is known for her ability to get deals done across the aisle. And between leading the charge to help restore and preserve HOPE Scholarship funding and facing off against the bevy of “religious freedom” bills, Evans has a track record of success that belies her short time at the Capitol.

With an A+ rating from the Georgia Chamber of Commerce and a host of awards including “Legislator of the Year” from the powerful Georgia Trial Lawyers Association in 2014, her resume is quickly running short on space. Her commendable commitment to public service includes a $500,000 donation to the University of Georgia Law School to create a scholarship for first-generation college graduates attending the law school.

The lawmaker/wife/mother turned down the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee when it was searching for a viable candidate to oppose U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson this November, but expect to hear her name again for future, higher office.