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Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence

Representing the 14th District of Michigan

U.S. Reps. Lawrence and Wasserman Schultz Praise Historic Warnock, Ossoff Victories

January 8, 2021
Press Release

Washington, D.C. - Following the historic election this week of Georgia’s first Black and Jewish U.S. senators, Reverend Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff, U.S. Congresswomen Brenda L. Lawrence (MI-14) and Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23), Co-Chairs of the Congressional Caucus on Black-Jewish Relations, issued the following joint statement:

“Georgia’s resolutely determined voters have not only secured a brighter future for all Americans by electing Reverend Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff to establish a Democratic majority in the U.S. Senate, but they also remedied a measure of America’s discriminatory past by electing the first African American and Jewish senators from the Peach State. This reckoning celebrates decades of struggle by countless civil rights foot soldiers and leaders inspired by the likes of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., our recently-passed Black-Jewish Caucus Co-Chair Congressman John Lewis, and Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, as well as modern day heroes such as Stacey Abrams who spearheaded Georgia’s voter mobilization efforts.

“The wonderful Black-Jewish ballot buddy story that these two senators-elect embody also reignites the vital civil rights alliance and shared values that have wedded these two communities in an enduring quest for justice, not just in Georgia, but throughout America. The health care, jobs and justice agenda they both ran on and now will help enact, will unite and propel us on our path to a more perfect, just and compassionate union. We celebrate these barrier breakers and all the organizers and voters who made this historic moment possible. America is stronger today because of all of them. The astounding and reprehensible violence we just witnessed, and the incitement by the President and his supporters that led to these dangerous actions at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, demonstrate that we need Reverend Warnock and Mr. Ossoff and the joint efforts of the Congressional Caucus on Black Jewish Relations more than ever.”