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United States Representative from Georgia

Cynthia Ann McKinney, former United States Representative from Georgia. Achievements include the first African American woman elected to Congress from Georgia. Named a Diplomatic fellow, Spellman College, 1984; named one of Most Influential Black Americans, Ebony magazine, 2006; recipient Edgar Wayburn award, Sierra Club, 1998, Outstanding Contribution award, National Organization Sierra Leonians in N American, 2000.


McKinney, Cynthia Ann was born on March 17, 1955 in Atlanta. Daughter of Billy and Leola McKinney.


Bachelor in international relations, University Southern California, 1978. Master of Arts, Tufts University Fletcher School Law & Diplomacy. Postgraduate, Georgia State University.

Postgraduate, University Wisconsin.


Former instructor Clark Atlanta University, Atlanta Metropolitan College. Member Georgia House Representatives, 1988-1992, United States Congress from 4th Georgia district, 1993—2003, 2005—2007, member committee on armed service, committee on budget. Member Human Immunodeficiency Virus Health Services Planning Council, Atlanta, 1991—1992.

Frank H.T. Rhodes visiting professor Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, 2003—2004.


  • Achievements include the first African American woman elected to Congress from Georgia.


United States presidential candidate Green Party, 2008. Member of Progressive Caucus, Congressional Black Caucus, Agricultural Committee, Sierra Club, National Council Negro Women, Metro Atlanta, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.


1 child Coy Grandison.

Billy McKinney

Leola McKinney

Coy Grandison McKinney