Lucia “Lucy” McBath, who became a gun control advocate after her 17- year-old son Jordan Davis was shot to death by a white gunman, was elected to Congress Thursday from Georgia’s sixth Congressional District, defeating Republican incumbent Karen Handel.
“After reviewing the results, it’s clear we came up a little short today,” Handel told supporters. She then congratulated McBath, a Democrat.
A joyous McBath exclaimed, “we did it. After a few days of uncertainty, this makes things official. I am proud to say that I am Congresswoman-elect from Georgia’s sixth district.”
The Sixth Congressional District includes Fulton, DeKalb and Cobb counties outside of Atlanta. Newt Gingrich represented the district for 20 years. It was once considered solid Republican territory.
A former Delta Air Lines flight attendant, McBath became active in advocating for gun control after Jordan Davis was shot to death in 2012 while sitting in a car parked at a gas station in Jacksonville, Florida. Michael David Dunn, a 45-year-old software developer, shot to death Davis after complaining about the loud music coming from the car Davis was sitting in.
A jury convicted Dunn of first-degree murder in a second trial. He was also convicted of three counts of attempted second degree murder because he fired at three other teenagers in the car with Davis. Ron Davis is Jordan Davis’ father.
McBath wrote in her campaign literature that her son’s murder awakened her passion for public service. “On November 23, 2012, I got the call that no parent should receive. I learned my son had been murdered. Overnight, I went from a suburban mom to an activist, seeking justice for my son,” McBath said.
Before running for Congress, McBath held dual roles as the national spokesperson for Everytown for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, as well as Faith and Outreach Leader for both.
She started her campaign speeches saying, “I will always be Jordan’s mom.”