Representative Thomas lives in the community and consistently serves the community. She is available, she listens, and consistently produces results .
I, with the help of God, bipartisan legislative support, and my constituency have made positive Impacts for Georgians. “Able” Mable Thomas demonstrates Leadership, Service. No Learning Curve! Handle Congressional Legislative Business, DAY ONE for District Five. During my tenure to fill the unexpired term, of Congressman John Lewis, I will finish
Congressman John Lewis’ work to renew the Voters’ Rights Act, and support naming of the Act after The Honorable Congressman John Lewis.
The daughter of Bernard and Madie Thomas, Mable Thomas was born on November 8, 1957 and raised in the English Avenue neighborhood of Atlanta, Georgia, the youngest of five children. Her father was a boiler operator.
Thomas graduated from Booker T. Washington High School in 1975. She then earned a scholarship to Georgia State University to play for the Georgia State Panthers women's basketball team, and earned a Bachelor of Science in public administration in 1982
Thomas' political career started when she was chosen as a presidential delegate for candidate Jesse Jackson at the 1984 Democratic National Convention. In the same year, she won a seat in the Georgia House of Representatives, defeating incumbent Grace Towns Hamilton in the Democratic primary, thus becoming the youngest member of the Georgia General Assembly She served four terms. In 1997, she launched a successful campaign for a seat on the Atlanta City Council. In 2003, she returned to the Georgia House for six years.
After the death of incumbent Congressman John Lewis, Thomas was mentioned as a possible candidate to replace Lewis and is a candidate for the 5th Congressional District to complete his term.
Thomas is often referred to by the nickname "Able" or "Able Mable", which was coined by a colleague around 1984. She later made it her legal middle name. Thomas is a member of the Cosmopolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church in Atlanta.