Attention to the historic Georgia Senate runoff was largely diverted thanks to the chaos following news of a pro-Trump mob attacking Congress.
Nonetheless, results from Georgia’s confirmed that Democrats will once again control the United States Senate after both Jon Ossoff and Rev. Raphael Warnock secured their nomination, defeating David Perdue and Sen. Kelly Loeffler.
With their nomination, President-elect Joe Biden is much more likely to be able to successfully pass ambitious legislation and secure important nominations.
Jon Ossoff will now be the youngest elected senator since Biden himself in 1973.
Rev. Raphael Warnock, the first Black Senator from Georgia, has also promised to keep his pulpit. He is currently senior pastor at the same church where Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. once preached, Ebenezer Baptist Church. He has led the church since 2005 and assured his supporters at the church that he would not give up being a pastor as a politician.
“If elected he will remain senior pastor,” Michael Brewer, a spokesman for the minister’s campaign had said earlier.
“It’s unusual for a pastor to get involved in something as messy as politics, but I see this as a continuation of a life of service: first as an agitator, then an advocate and hopefully next as a legislator. I say I’m stepping up to my next calling to serve, not stepping down from the pulpit,” said Warnock.
Sure enough, Warnock took the pulpit the Sunday after his election just as he had for the past 15 years.
The new Us. Senator-elect used the service to speak about the Capitol assault that overshadowed his election.
“Whoever would have thought that, in Georgia, we would see the people rise up and send an African American man who grew up in public housing … and a Jewish young man, the son of an immigrant, to the United States Senate,” he said in the live-streamed sermon.
“Then, as we were basking in the glory of all that represented, it seemed like we could only have a few hours to celebrate…The ugly side of our story — our great and grand American story — began to emerge as the crude, the angry, the disrespectful and the violent broke their way into the people’s house, some carrying Confederate flags, signs and symbols of an old-world order passing away,” he added.