Jon Ossof Biography
Jon Ossoff (Thomas Jonathan Ossoff ) is an American documentary filmmaker and politician born on 16th February 1987 in Atlanta, Georgia, United States.
He is a Democratic candidate in the 2017 special election to represent Georgia’s 6th congressional district in the U.S House of Representative. He was a finalist in the 2017 special election in Georgia’s 6th congressional district.
Jon Ossoff Age
Jon Ossoff was born on February 16, 1987 (age 31 years old as of 2018).
Jon Ossoff Net worth
Jon Ossoff has an estimated net worth of $10 million.
Jon Ossoff Family
Jon Ossoff was born to Richard Ossoff (father) and (Heather Fenton). He was raised in Northlake. His mother is an Australian immigrant who co-founded NewPower PAC, an organization that works to elect women to local office across Georgia. His father is a Russian Jewish and Lithuanian Jewish descent, he owns a specialist publishing company.
Jon Ossoff Wife
Jon Ossoff married Alisha Kramer.
Jon Ossoff Education
Jon Ossoff graduated from Paideia School which is a private school in Atlanta. While he was in high school, he interned for Georgia congressman and civil rights leader John Lewis. He later joined Georgetown University School of Foreign Service where he graduated with a bachelor degree in Science. He attended classes taught of the former secretary of state Madeleine Albright and former Israeli ambassador to the United States Michael Oren. He got his Masters of Science from London School of Economics in 2013.
Jon Ossoff Political Career
Jon Ossoff worked as a national security staffer and aide to Represent Hank Johnson for five years which was drafted and managed in legislative initiatives that passed in the House and Senate. He had top-secret clearance for five months. Since 2013, he has been managing partner and CEO of Insight TWI, a small business which produces investigations targeting corrupt officials and organized crime for international news organizations. In 2016, Ossoff was an executive producer for a documentary film by Insight TWI for BBC Three; the film exposed atrocities committed by ISIL in Iraq.
Jon Ossoff Campaign
Jon Ossoff involved himself in the Georgia’s 6th congressional district special election, 2017. He announced his candidancy for the special election on January 5, 2017. He emerged as the most viable Democratic candidate out of a large field of candidates. He was then endorsed by the prominent figures such as Congressmen Hank Johnson and John Lewis, and state House Democratic Leader Stacey Abrams. He also received public support from Vermont Senator and 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. Ossoff raised over $8.3 million by early April of that year. According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Ossoff “transformed what was expected to be a quiet battle for a long-safe Republican seat into a proxy fight over Trump, the health care overhaul and the partisan struggle for suburbia.
” When Ossoff entered the race, the Cook Partisan Voting Index rated Georgia’s 6th Congressional District at ; the district was not considered competitive, and had been represented in Congress by Republicans since 1978. Less than two months before Ossoff’s announcement, Republican Congressman Tom Price had been re-elected in a landslide with 62% of the votes. He broke the national fundraising records for the U.S House of candidates. He raised a total amount of $23 million for his campaign of which the two-thirds of the contribution was donated by small-dollar donors nationwide. His opponent, Karen Handel, and national Republican groups attacked his raising significant small-dollar contributions from outside of Georgia, although Handel’s campaign received the bulk of its support from super PACs and other outside groups, including those funded anonymously by so-called “dark money”.
Jon Ossoff Election
Jon Ossoff elections campaigns costed $55 million, which was the most expensive House Congressional election campaign in the U.S. history. During the campaign, Republican strategy focused on connecting Ossoff to House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, a polarizing and unpopular figure amongst Republicans; Ossoff declined to say whether he would, if elected, support Pelosi for Speaker of the House. On June 20 runoff, he was defeated by Handel, 51.78% to 48.22%. According to Atlanta Magazine, “while his percentage of the total vote remained steady from April to now, he garnered 32,220 more votes in those three months, a 34 percent increase … Ossoff and his allies might have scooped up nearly every Democrat vote there was to get—and it still wasn’t enough to overcome the GOP’s numerical advantage. The New York Times reported that Ossoff “produced probably the strongest Democratic turnout in an off-year election in at least a decade”, “brought a surprising number of irregular young and nonwhite voters to the polls,” and nearly doubled youth turnout in the Sixth District from the 2014 midterm election.
However, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, “surging Democratic turnout wasn’t enough to overcome heavy GOP voting in a district where Republicans far outnumber Democrats.” Following reports of the election results, Frank Bruni in an op-ed for The New York Times characterized the race as “demoralizing for Democrats”. This was as close as a Democrat had come to winning this district since it assumed its current configuration as a northern suburban district in 1992; previously, Democratic challengers had only won more than 40 percent of the vote twice. On February 23, 2018, he announced that he would not seek for the seat in the regular election of 2018.
Jon Ossoff Political positions
Jon Ossoff has “progressive positions on women’s issues and health care” and “moderate stances on jobs and security.” According to Matthew Yglesias of Vox, Ossoff has run an” Obama-style campaign”, and has placed himself in the middle between the progressive grassroots of the Democratic Party and the more conservative and moderate Blue Dog Southern Democrats. According to the New York Times, his campaign has distanced itself from the national Democratic Party. According to the Washington Post, the Ossoff’s campaign opted not to turn the special election into a referendum on Trump’s alleged scandals, but to focus on “policy decisions by the president and congressional Republicans.
He has also been critical to President Donald Trump,in criticizing his “divisive approach to government” and saying: “I have great respect for the office. I don’t have great personal admiration for the man himself.” After Trump sent out a tweet the day before the April 19 primary, calling Ossoff a “super Liberal Democrat” who wanted to “protect criminals, allow illegal immigration and raise taxes,” Ossoff dismissed Trump’s claims and called him “misinformed.” FactCheck.org found that Trump’s claim was a distortion, and that there was no evidence that Ossoff had ever advocated for any broad-based tax hikes. Nevertheless, Ossoff said that he would be willing to work with Trump on issues of mutual interest. He said, “If the administration introduces a fiscally responsible infrastructure bill, I’ll work in a bipartisan way to make sure it delivers transformation solutions to Georgia.”
After Trump’s disclosure of classified information to Russia, Ossoff said of impeachment that “I don’t think we’re there.” he called for “a full and transparent and independent assessment of what level of interference there was by Russian intelligence services in the U.S. election. And overseers in Congress and any independent counsel or commission to do so should follow those facts wherever they lead.” He supports abortion rights and access to contraception. He then oppossed prison sentecing for nonviolent drug offenses. His website says, “Violent crime, murder, rape, human trafficking, and corruption are rampant, while we spend billions locking up nonviolent drug offenders.”
He opposed the tax increase, and he called for reduced taxes on small businesses and to simplify small business tax filing. He supports tax credits for small businesses. He has called for the repeal of “wasteful, anti-competitive special interest subsidies that make it hard for entrepreneurs to raise capital, enter the market, create jobs, and compete with larger firms who have lobbyists in Washington.” He has cast himself as an opponent of unnecessary government spending, $16 billion in duplicate programs. That can be cut,” an assertion that PolitiFact rated “Mostly True”. He accepts the scientific consensus on climate, and has said that “climate change is a threat to our security and prosperity”. He supports American participation in the Paris Agreement, and has pledged to “work to make the United States a global leader against climate change.”
He supports the Affordable Care Act of (Obamacare). His health care policy aims to serve three basic principles: “One, no American should suffer or die from preventable or treatable illness. Two, no one should go broke because they get sick. And three, no business should go under or lay off employees because it can’t keep up with health insurance premiums.” He does not support pushing single-payer health care system. He opposed both the March 2017 and May 2017 versions of the American Health Care Act, the House Republican bill that repeals and replaces the Affordable Care Act. He said that the May 2017 version was worse than the earlier one “because it does even less to protect those with preexisting conditions. And those are children and families here in Georgia who need to be able to get affordable health insurance despite a pre-existing condition.” He supports the comprehensive immigration reform that would both strengthen enforcement along the Mexican border and provide a path to citizenship for some undocumented immigrants. This position is generally consistent with the stance of most congressional Democrats and a number of prominent Republicans, including President George W. Bush and Senator John McCain.
Jon Ossoff Movies
Deadline: White House
Stacey on the Frontline
Episode: “Girls, Guns and ISIS”
TV movie documentary
People and Power
Living with Ebola
Executive producer & writer
TV movie documentary
The Battle for Africa
Executive producer & writer
TV miniseries documentary
Jon Ossoff Endorsements
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“I’m grateful beyond words for the support and hard work of the thousands of Georgians who volunteered with my campaign last year,” he told the AJC, “and I’ll be actively supporting Democratic candidates and staying engaged on key issues while I continue my work in investigative journalism.”
Ossoff shattered records by raising nearly $30 million for the special election last year, ultimately losing to Handel by about 4 percentage points in a race that was viewed nationally as an early barometer for Democratic success in conservative-leaning districts in the Donald Trump era.
The former congressional aide had hinted for months he was eyeing another bid for the seat, telling groups of Democratic donors he’s “not done fighting.” But with qualifying set to start in less than two weeks, and two Democratic challengers already in the race, there seemed little chance of him jumping in.