State Representative Raumesh Akbari is a native Memphian and has served in the Tennessee General Assembly since winning a special election in 2013. As the youngest member of the legislature she already has a reputation among her peers as a hard-working, no nonsense lawmaker capable of getting things done. Under her leadership, Tennessee passed laws making expungements more affordable and more widely available this year.
On this episode of The Permanent Record we talk to Rep. Akbari in front of a live audience as part of our Just City: Live! series. She recounted her path to politics, her reasons for pursuing criminal justice reform, and how she works with members of the opposite party on issues that affect all Tennesseans.