As the Warnock campaign continues to surge, more Georgia and national leaders are backing the Reverend’s movement
Atlanta, GA – Today, U.S. Senator Doug Jones (D-AL) announced his endorsement of Senior Pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church and U.S. Senate candidate Reverend Raphael Warnock, who is running to represent all Georgians. This announcement comes on the heels of endorsements from former Presidents Barack Obama and Jimmy Carter, and recent news of the campaign raising nearly $13 million for the third quarter. Senator Jones’s backing adds to Warnock’s widespread consolidation of support from state and national figures, including Stacey Abrams, former Attorney General Eric Holder, every Democratic member of Georgia’s Congressional delegation, the majority of the U.S. Senate Democratic Caucus, and the majority of the State House and Senate’s Democratic members. In his endorsement, Senator Jones pointed to Warnock’s history of fighting for health care and equal justice.
Jones previously served as the United States Attorney for the Northern District of Alabama under President Bill Clinton. During his tenure, he saw to the reopening of a three-decade-old case, the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing that killed four African-American girls, and successfully prosecuted two former Klansmen for their involvement. He also levied charges against domestic terrorist Eric Rudolph for the bombing of a Birmingham women’s clinic and advocated for a re-examination of cold cases from the Civil Rights era. In 2017, Jones made history in the Alabama special election for the U.S. Senate, becoming the Yellowhammer State’s first elected Democratic Senator in twenty years –– a victory considered an almost impossible feat in the deeply Republican state.
“As a trusted community leader with an abiding faith in our country and its people, Reverend Warnock will be an important voice in the United States Senate. I know that when he casts a vote, he will be guided by the principles that he and I share: respect, civility, compassion and equal justice for all. He also shares my commitment to expanding Medicaid and saving our rural hospitals, and he understands how to lead us out of the pandemic by following science and trusting our healthcare experts. Now more than ever, we need leaders to help steer this country back towards our north star. Georgians can trust Raphael Warnock to put their interests first,” said Senator Doug Jones, of Alabama.
“Senator Jones exemplifies a changing tide in the South, one that welcomes progress and stands for justice. On issues ranging from rural health care to justice reform, he has fought tirelessly across the aisle to protect vulnerable communities and create a more perfect union. I am humbled by his endorsement and look forward to working alongside him on behalf of all Georgians in the U.S. Senate,” said Reverend Warnock.
Reverend Warnock launched his campaign for the U.S. Senate in January 2020, and independent analysts at Cook Political immediately moved the race to one of the most competitive in the nation. Warnock outraised every candidate – Democrat and Republican – for the special election in the first two fundraising quarters this year. He’s also earned support from leaders across the state including Stacey Abrams, former President Jimmy Carter, the late John Lewis, Congresswoman Lucy McBath, Ambassador Andrew Young, Jon Ossoff, Teresa Tomlinson, Sarah Riggs Amico, the Georgia AFL-CIO and countless local officials. In addition to robust support from Georgians, he is backed by Planned Parenthood, End Citizens United, Human Rights Campaign, the Congressional Black Caucus PAC as well as Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley, House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn, former Attorney General Eric Holder, Vice Presidential nominee Kamala Harris and over 30 United States Senators, including Elizabeth Warren, Kirsten Gillibrand, Sherrod Brown and Cory Booker and former President Barack Obama.
About Reverend Warnock
Reverend Raphael Warnock grew up in Kayton Homes public housing in Savannah. Fourteen years ago, he was chosen to serve as Senior Pastor at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, the former pulpit of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He is only the fifth Senior Pastor in the history of the church and the youngest pastor ever selected to serve in that position. Reverend Warnock believes his service does not stop at the church door, and has been an advocate to expand health care coverage and to ensure hardworking Georgians can make a living wage. As Senator, Reverend Warnock will bring to Washington the concerns of struggling Georgia families who wonder why no one is looking out for them, and focus on fighting for quality, affordable health care, for the dignity of working people who are paid too little as our government works more for Wall Street, and to make sure every voice is heard.