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Rep. Karen Handel, Candidate [R, GA-6]
District 6, Georgia


Karen Handel (born April 18, 1962) is an American businesswoman, politician, and a Member of the United States House of Representatives for Georgia's 6th congressional district. In 2017, she became the first Republican woman to be elected to the U.S. Congress from Georgia after defeating Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff on June 20 in the 2017 special election to fill the vacancy in Georgia's 6th congressional district in the most expensive congressional race in American history.


Handel previously served as the 26th Secretary of State of Georgia. A member of the Republican Party, Handel worked in business before entering politics. First elected in 2003, she chaired the Fulton County Board of Commissioners until 2006, and then was elected and served as Georgia's Secretary of State from 2007 to 2010.


In 2011, Karen Handel was appointed Senior Vice President of public policy at Susan G. Komen for the Cure, a charity in the cause of fighting breast cancer, and left on February 7, 2012, following the foundation's controversial decisions to end, and then restore, funding for Planned Parenthood, which she opposed.


D.O.B 04/18/1962
Location Georgia
Office 1211 Longworth House Office Building
Party Republican
Phone 202-225-4501

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