Elena Parent

Key Facts

Party Democrat
Status Incumbent


Elena Parent earned a B.A. in Psychology and Religion from the University of Virginia and later graduated from the University of Virginia Law School [4].

Parent has represented District 42 in the Georgia State Senate since 2014. She previously occupied the District 81 seat in the Georgia House of Representatives for two years [4]. She currently serves as Chairwoman for the Senate Democratic Caucus, Vice Chair of the Senate DeKalb Delegation, and Vice Chair of the Working Families Legislative Caucus [2]. Parent is secretary of the Senate Government Oversight and Special Judiciary Committees, and she takes part in two other committees [2].

Parent currently works as the Executive Director of Georgia Watch, a statewide consumer rights nonprofit organization [1].

Prior to her political career, Parent worked as a litigation attorney at Eversheds Sutherland LLP for six years [4]. She was the director of development for HOPE Atlanta, a nonprofit dedicated to preventing homelessness [3].

Key Issues


Parent believes in increasing investment in education and funding early childhood education. She wants to increase teacher salaries and enhancing strategies to provide both low-income and well-off students with quality education [1]. Parent is against limiting discussion of critical race theory in the classroom [6].


Parent supports increasing the minimum wage [6]. She advocates for tax reforms that favor the middle class and small businesses. Parent sponsors legislation to create Georgia Earned Income Tax Credit [1].


Parent promotes expanding Medicaid and healthcare access to more Georgians [1].

Reproductive Rights

Parent is pro-choice, advocating for abortion and birth control options [1].


Parent supports increasing investment in public infrastructure such as broadband and transportation [1].

Gun Policy

Parent emphasizes gun safety by preventing convicted domestic abusers and seriously mentally ill from accessing weapons with mandatory background checks [1] [6].

Criminal Justice

Parent has advocated for laws punishing hate crimes and the Justice for Rape Victims Act in 2016 [1].


Parent supports forming an independent or bipartisan commission for redistricting to prevent gerrymandering [6].


Parent believes in regulating pollutants and increasing renewable energy sources such as solar power [1].


Parent is pro-gay marriage [1].


Progressive Turnout Project; NARAL Pro-Choice Georgia; Georgia Sierra Club; Everytown for Gun Safety [6]


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