Georgia U.S. Senate Race 2

Candidate Comparison

 

Kelly Loeffler (R)

Incumbent

 

Raphael Warnock (D)

Challenger

Bio: Kelly Loeffler is the incumbent junior United States Senator from Georgia and the Republican nominee for the United States Senate special election in Georgia. Originally from rural Indiana, Senator Loeffler moved to Atlanta in 2002 to help build the Intercontinental Exchange, a Fortune 500 company. Senator Loeffler was appointed by Georgia Governor Brian Kemp to fill retiring Senator Johnny Isakson’s seat in January 2020. She is a member of various committees and caucuses, including the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions and the Historically Black Colleges and Universities Caucus. Senator Loeffler received her undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and her MBA from DePaul University.

Bio: Raphael Warnock is the Senior Pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta and the Democratic nominee for the United States Senate special election in Georgia. Originally from Savannah, Georgia, Reverend Warnock was chosen to serve as the Ebenezer Baptist Church’s youngest-ever Senior Pastor 15 years ago. During his time as Senior Pastor, Reverend Warnock has advocated for the expansion of health care coverage and the establishment of a living wage in Georgia. Reverend Warnock received his undergraduate degree in Psychology. from Morehouse College, and his Master of Divinity, Master of Philosophy, and PhD from Union Theological Seminary. He is an ordained minister.

COVID-19 and Broadband Access: Senator Loeffler called for reopening schools in Georgia for in-person instruction during the COVID-19 pandemic. Senator Loeffler applauded a $12.5 million investment in rural broadband in Georgia, which was allocated as a part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Senator Loeffler voted for the passage of the CARES Act, which provided $30.75 billion in emergency elementary, secondary and post-secondary education relief for schools and institutions of higher education in the United States in the wake of the pandemic. Senator Loeffler has cosponsored three broadband-related bills in the Senate, including the Connecting Minority Communities Act of 2020, the Keeping Critical Connections Act of 2020, and the Office of Rural Broadband Act.

COVID-19 and Broadband Access: In an interview with WJBF, the local ABC station in Augusta, Georgia, Reverend Warnock asserted that there are swaths of rural Georgia without broadband access, and that the United States needs an infrastructure program that “embraces the future of all [its] children.” Reverend Warnock plans to “listen to the experts” to take steps to get COVID-19 under control.

Early Childhood Education: Senator Loeffler’s campaign website and publicly-available statements do not include plans for how she would improve access and affordability for early childhood education if she is elected to the United States Senate. During her first 10 months in the Senate, she introduced the Working Families Childcare Act (WFCA), which would allow parents more flexibility in allocating portions of their paycheck toward childcare spending.

Early Childhood Education: If elected to the United States Senate, Reverend Warnock plans to invest in and expand robust Pre-K education in the United States.

Resource Equity: Senator Loeffler’s campaign website and publicly-available statements do not include a plan for advancing resource equity in schools across the United States if she is elected to the United States Senate.

Resource Equity: Reverend Warnock plans to “rebuild the ladder of opportunity” by giving every child access to an affordable and quality education. If elected to the United States Senate, Reverend Warnock plans to fight for resources for schools.

Private School Choice: As a member of the United States Senate, Senator Loeffler introduced legislation that would expand school choice options for students with disabilities from low-income families through the creation of a voucher program. Senator Loeffler also committed to working with outgoing President Donald Trump and outgoing U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to provide all students with educational choice; she is a cosponsor of various school choice proposals, including: The Education Savings Accounts for Military Families Act of 2019; The CHOICE Act for students in Washington, D.C.; The School Choice Now Act; The Student Empowerment Act; and the Education Freedom Scholarships and Opportunity Act.

Private School Choice: Reverend Warnock’s campaign website and publicly-available statements do not indicate his position the use of taxpayer funds for private school vouchers, education savings accounts, and tax-credit scholarships.

Support for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs): Senator Loeffler is a member of the Historically Black Colleges and Universities Caucus in the United States Senate. In June 2020, she and four other Senators urged Congress to consider additional relief funding for HBCUs during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Support for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs): Reverend Warnock is a graduate of a Georgia HBCU, Morehouse College, and has promised to fully fund Pell grants, reduce higher education costs, ease student debt, and improve loan forgiveness programs if he is elected to the United States Senate.

Wraparound Services and Community Schools: Senator Loeffler’s campaign website and publicly-available statements do not include a plan for expanding access to wraparound services and community schools if she is elected to the United States Senate.

Wraparound Services and Community Schools: Reverend Warnock’s campaign website and publicly-available statements do not include a plan for expanding access to wraparound services and community schools if he is elected to the United States Senate.

Student Safety: Senator Loeffler’s campaign website and publicly-available statements do not indicate how she would promote student safety and reform unfair disciplinary practices if she is elected to the United States Senate. In February 2020, Senator Loeffler signed on as a cosponsor to the School Safety Clearinghouse Act (S.2530), which would direct the Department of Homeland Security to establish a central federal resource for evidence-based practices and information related to school safety.

Student Safety: Reverend Warnock’s campaign website and publicly-available statements do not indicate how he would promote student safety and reform unfair disciplinary practices if he is elected to the United States Senate.

Teacher Recruitment and Retention: Senator Loeffler’s campaign website and publicly-available statements do not indicate how she would promote teacher recruitment and retention if she is elected to the United States Senate.

Teacher Recruitment and Retention: Reverend Warnock plans to fight for teacher pay if he is elected to the United States Senate.

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