Stacey Abrams – made headlines on Tuesday as the first black woman to be nominated as a state governor.
Ms Abrams, a Democrat, will now face a Republican candidate in Georgia’s high-stakes mid-term vote in November.
If she wins, the 44-year-old would be the first woman and the first person from an ethnic minority to lead the southern state.
Aside from the cultural context, she’s an interesting character. Raised in Gulfport, Mississippi, she came from a family of six children, and was the first African American girl to be valedictorian (for non-US readers, that’s the person with the best grades) at her high school. Both her parents are Methodist ministers.
She has a law degree from Yale University, and wrote her first book during her third year at law school. The fun part? It’s a spy love story called Rules of Engagement, and she’s written eight “romantic suspense novels” under the pen name Selena Montgomery.
In the political sphere, she was first elected to the Georgia state House of Representatives in 2006, and was the first woman to lead either party in the Georgia General Assembly.
Ms Abrams thanked her supporters on Twitter after news of her nomination broke, writing, “#TeamAbrams just won our primary election, and this victory belongs to you.”