Raphael Warnock Biography, Wikipedia, Age, Networth, Career, Abortion
Raphael Warnock Biography
Raphael Gamaliel Warnock is an American pastor and politician who was born on July 23, 1969. Since 2021, he has been the junior United States senator from Georgia. He took office on January 20, 2021. He was a member of the Democratic Party
Warnock has been the head pastor of the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta since 2005.
Up until 2005, he was the head pastor at Douglas Memorial Community Church. Warnock became well-known in Georgia politics when he led the fight to expand Medicaid in the state as part of the Affordable Care Act.
On January 30, 2020, Warnock announced that he would run against Republican Kelly Loeffler in Georgia’s special election for the US Senate in 2020. On election day, no candidate got more than half of the votes, so Warnock ran against Loeffler again on January 5, 2021. He won by more than 93,000 votes. On the same day, Democrat Jon Ossoff beat Republican David Perdue in the runoff for Georgia’s other Senate seat. With these wins, the Senate is now run by the Democratic Party for the first time since 2014.
Since Zell Miller was elected in 2000, Warnock and Ossoff are the first Democrats from Georgia to be elected to the U.S. Senate. Warnock is the first black person from Georgia to be elected to the Senate. He is also the first black Democrat from a former Confederate state to be elected to the Senate.
Early life and education
Warnock was born on July 23, 1969, in Savannah, Georgia. He was the eleventh of twelve children born to Pentecostal pastors Verlene and Jonathan Warnock. He grew up in public housing. His father was in the U.S. Army during World War II, where he learned how to fix cars and weld. After the war, he started a small business where he fixed up old cars to sell again.
Warnock graduated from Sol C. Johnson High School in 1987. He then went to Morehouse College because he wanted to be like Martin Luther King Jr. There, he got a Bachelor of Arts in psychology and graduated with honors in 1991.
He thinks that the Upward Bound program helped him get ready for college since he was able to take early college courses at Savannah State University. Then, he went to Union Theological Seminary, which is part of Columbia University, and got his Master of Divinity, Master of Philosophy, and Doctor of Philosophy.
In the 1990s, Warnock worked at the Abyssinian Baptist Church in New York as the youth pastor and then as the assistant pastor. While Warnock was pastor at Abyssinian, the church didn’t hire people on workfare. This was part of a group that was against Rudy Giuliani’s workfare program at the time. Warnock was the youth pastor at the church when Fidel Castro came to visit on October 22, 1995. There is no proof that Warnock had anything to do with that choice. During the special election for the US Senate in Georgia in 2020–21, his campaign wouldn’t say if Warnock went to the event or not.
Warnock was the head pastor of the Douglas Memorial Community Church in Baltimore, Maryland, in the 2000s. Warnock and an assistant minister were arrested and charged with obstructing a police investigation into possible child abuse at a summer camp run by Warnock’s church, Douglas Memorial Community Church. Warnock was called “extremely uncooperative and disruptive” in the police report. Warnock had asked that the counselors be questioned by police with their lawyers present. Later, the charges were dropped because the deputy state’s attorney said there had been a “misunderstanding.” He also said that Warnock had helped with the investigation and that going to court would be a waste of time and money. Warnock said that he was only saying that lawyers should be there during the interviews and that he had stepped in to make sure that an adult was there when a juvenile suspect was being questioned.
In 2005, Warnock became the senior pastor of Martin Luther King Jr.’s old church, the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia. He is the fifth and youngest person to serve as Ebenezer’s senior pastor since it opened. Warnock has said that he will keep the job even though he will be in the Senate.
As a pastor, Warnock fought for Troy Davis, who was put to death in 2011, to be given a second chance.
In 2013, he gave the blessing at the public prayer service at Barack Obama’s second inauguration. After Fidel Castro died in 2016, Warnock told his church to pray for the Cuban people, calling Castro’s legacy “complex, kind of like America’s legacy is complex”. In March 2019, Al Gore and William Barber II spoke at a meeting on climate change that Warnock held at his church.
In July 2020, Warnock presided at Representative John Lewis’s funeral at Ebenezer Church.
On Easter Sunday in 2021, Warnock’s Twitter account sent out this message: “Easter is about much more than just the resurrection of Jesus Christ. No matter if you are a Christian or not, if you want to help other people, you can save yourself.” Benjamin Watson, Allie Beth Stuckey, and Jenna Ellis, three conservative Christians and political commentators, called the tweet “heretical.” The tweet was deleted that afternoon, and a spokesperson for Warnock said, “The tweet was posted by staff and was not approved.” The spokesperson wouldn’t say whether the tweet reflected Warnock’s beliefs or not.
Warnock has said that he is a “pastor for choice.”
In December 2020, when Warnock was running for the Senate, a group of 25 Black ministers wrote him an open letter asking him to change his position on abortion. They called it “contrary to Christian teachings” and said that abortion affects African Americans more than other groups. In a statement, the Warnock campaign said, “Warnock thinks a woman’s room is too small for her, her doctor, and the US government, and that these are deeply personal health care decisions, not political ones.”
Warnock said that getting rid of Roe v. Wade in June 2022 would be “misguided” and “devastating for women and families in Georgia and across the country.”
Warnock is a resident of Atlanta. On February 14, 2016, he married Oulèye Ndoye in a public ceremony. In January, they had a private ceremony. There are two kids. In November 2019, the couple broke up, and the divorce was finalized in 2020.
During a fight in March 2020, Ndoye said that Warnock ran over her foot with his car. Warnock didn’t agree with the claim, and doctors didn’t find any signs of injury. In February 2022, Ndoye asked the court to change their child custody agreement so that she could have more time with their two young children so she could finish a program at Harvard University. She also asked for a change in the amount of child support she would have to pay.