About Vincent Fort
Vincent Fort has spent his career protecting Georgians. As a Georgia State Senator, he authored legislation to rein in predatory lending in the state and has sponsored or co-sponsored bills regarding hate crimes, discrimination against disabled individuals, racial profiling, housing discrimination, and more.
In Congress, he intends to serve as Georgia’s foremost champion of progressive policy — his priorities include a fifteen dollar minimum wage, Medicare for All, a Green New Deal and voting rights protections.
I was born into a working class family. Both my mother and father were union members. I earned degrees in African-American and United States history.
I am a former state Senator and a college classroom teacher, but I am first and foremost an activist. I was an activist and a community organizer before I was sworn in as an elected official or stepped into a classroom to lecture. After I left office I remained on activist battlefields– the picket lines and protests.
In the early 1990s I led a fight against banks disinvesting in African-American neighborhoods in Atlanta by closing banking branches. A short while later I was one of the main organizers of the most important environmental justice movement in Atlanta when we successfully prevented a rezoning that would have expanded the Live Oak Landfill from Dekalb County into the city of Atlanta. The proposed expansion would have created the largest landfill in the southeast United States. I helped to close the landfill completely in 2004 while I was in office.
I was elected to office in 1996. During my time in office I fought for progressive issues. In 2000, I authored Georgia’s first hate crimes law. In 2002 I once again took the banks, mortgage brokers, ratings agencies and other Wall Street corporations to pass the strongest predatory lending law in the country.
Additionally, I fought to protect access for poor people to healthcare at Atlanta/Fulton County’s Grady Hospital when there was a proposal to raise pharmacy copayments from fifty cents to ten dollars. I participated in protests and went to jail for civil disobedience while advocating for increased funding at a county commission meeting. I negotiated with the state of Georgia to do a $53 million emergency allocation to Grady Hospital.
During my time in the legislature I was able to get $45 million in the state budget over several years for two 2-year predominately African-American schools in the city of Atlanta. This included $11 million for a health science building at Atlanta Technical College.
I was responsible for creating the first minority business program for $900 million of state money generated by a new tax. This MBE program includes for business owners of color and women among others.
I supported Bernie Sanders for president in 2016 and 2020.
I support Medicare for All; $15 minimum wage; the Green New Deal; Build Back Better; Voting Rights; and Criminal Justice Reform.