By Tia Lynn Ivey
Jon Ossoff, born in 1987 in Atlanta, Ga., has never held public office, but served as a national security aide for Congressman Hank Johnson and was also interned for the late Georgia Congressman John Lewis.
Ossoff made a name for himself as an investigative journalist and CEO of a media company after earning a BS from Georgetown University and MS from the London School of Economics.
On the campaign trail, Ossoff unpacks his various policy positions including supporting a $15 minimum wage, building upon the Affordable Care Act by adding a public option and Medicaid expansion, lowering prescription drug costs, and building new hospitals and medical clinics across Georgia.
Ossoff stops short of supporting the Medicare of All policy that other progressive members of the Democratic Party embrace, but believes the public option coupled with Medicaid expansion will make healthcare “free for the poor and affordable for all.”
Ossoff also supports “ambitious” investments into jobs and infrastructure projects, promised to fight for new COVID-19 relief measures and stimulus checks, and is seeking a slew of criminal justice reforms that would reduce mass incarceration, end racial profiling and police brutality, as well as decriminalize nonviolent drug offenses.
According to Ossoff’s campaign platform, Ossoff is pro-choice, and has promised to only support the confirmation of judges that will uphold Roe v. Wade. He also supports same-sex marriage and gay rights, including adoption rights for gay couples.
Ossoff supports various gun-control measures, including universal background checks for gun purchases, red flag laws, closing the gun show loophole and a ban on the sale of semi-automatic rifles and high-capacity magazines to the general public.
On education, Ossoff supports free postsecondary schooling, including free vocational and trade school and free four-year degrees at public colleges. Ossoff wants to lower taxes for most brackets except the wealthiest.
He supports student loan forgiveness, wants to cap interest rates and implement income-based repayment plans. On Immigration and National Security, Ossoff wants a “strong border” but opposes Trump’s infamous border wall proposal.
He supports a legal path for illegal immigrants to become citizens who are already in the country and wants to reform the Department of Homeland Security and Customs Enforcement.
On climate change, Ossoff supports government spending on infrastructure that supports clean energy sources, reducing carbon emissions and environmental protection efforts.
He supports the Paris Climate Accords. He wants to ban single-use plastic products.
His republican opponents have dubbed him a “radical” and “socialist” who is lying about his “liberal agenda.” Ossoff maintains that his policy agenda is comprised of “common sense” and “compassionate” ideas that have broad support among the American people.