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 .
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 . 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 . Parent is secretary of the Senate Government Oversight and Special Judiciary Committees, and she takes part in two other committees .
Parent currently works as the Executive Director of Georgia Watch, a statewide consumer rights nonprofit organization .
Prior to her political career, Parent worked as a litigation attorney at Eversheds Sutherland LLP for six years . She was the director of development for HOPE Atlanta, a nonprofit dedicated to preventing homelessness .
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 . Parent is against limiting discussion of critical race theory in the classroom .
Parent supports increasing the minimum wage . She advocates for tax reforms that favor the middle class and small businesses. Parent sponsors legislation to create Georgia Earned Income Tax Credit .
Parent promotes expanding Medicaid and healthcare access to more Georgians .
Parent is pro-choice, advocating for abortion and birth control options .
Parent supports increasing investment in public infrastructure such as broadband and transportation .
Parent emphasizes gun safety by preventing convicted domestic abusers and seriously mentally ill from accessing weapons with mandatory background checks  .
Parent has advocated for laws punishing hate crimes and the Justice for Rape Victims Act in 2016 .
Parent supports forming an independent or bipartisan commission for redistricting to prevent gerrymandering .
Parent believes in regulating pollutants and increasing renewable energy sources such as solar power .
Parent is pro-gay marriage .
Progressive Turnout Project; NARAL Pro-Choice Georgia; Georgia Sierra Club; Everytown for Gun Safety