If you have seen the news recently, or even worse the campaign ads during every commercial break, you would know that a big event has just passed: the Georgia Senate runoffs election.
On Jan. 6, Jon Ossoff and Rev. Raphael Warnock were announced as the winners of the runoff election. Ossof won against David Perdue with 50.6% of the votes while Warnock won against Kelly Loeffler with 51%.
This means that the Senate will now be controlled by the Democrats. The split is now 50-50, with Vice-President elect Kamala Harris casting any tie-breaking votes.
Who are they?
Jon Ossoff is a businessman/politican from Atlanta, Ga. He is the CEO of Insight TWI which is a “media production company that investigates corruption, organized crime, and war crimes for international news organizations.”
Ossoff will be one of the first Jewish senators to be elected to represent a southern state. Along with that, Ossoff will be the youngest senator to be elected in since 1973 at just 33 years old.
Rev. Raphael Warnock is a 51-year-old pastor from Savannah, Ga. He started to become a prominent figure in Georgia politics in 2014 when he was outspoken supporter of the campaign to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.
This senate election has been a huge step forward in the sense of diversity. Warnock is going to be the first Black senator of Georgia along with the title of first Black Democrat to represent a southern state. This will also be the first time a Georgia Democrat has been elected for Senate in 20 years.
Whoever would have thought that in the state of Georgia we would see the people of Georgia rise up and send an African American man who grew up in pubic housing, the pastor of this Ebenezer Baptist Church where Dr. King preached, and a Jewish young man, the son of an immigrant, to the US Senate?Rev. Raphael Warnock
Although political differences has been an underlying theme in the days leading up to the presidential inauguration, it is important to note those in political offices who will represent the needs and concerns of all Georgia citizens.