Georgia's first black U.S. Senator reflects on Year One


It has been a year since Rev. Raphael Warnock was sworn in as a member of the United States Congress. He became the first black member of the U.S. Senate from Georgia on January 20, 2021. He is seeking reelection in November.

Reflecting on the past year Warnock rattles off the legislation he's put forth and secured funding for in metro Atlanta including the passage of expansive COVID relief that’s provided support for small businesses, broadband vouchers for internet services and grants for rental assistance.


Following the deadly shootings at three metro Atlanta spas, Warnock helped pass the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act to address hate crimes.

Among other items that the senator from Atlanta notes that he had a hand in this past year:

· Secured $16.4 million to expand the BeltLine’s Southside trail.

· Secured over $1 billion (over five years) for transit throughout the Atlanta metropolitan area in the bipartisan infrastructure law.

· Expanded the Child Tax Credit to benefit 2 million children in Georgia

· Secured support for a federal fix to close the Medicaid coverage gap in Georgia.

· Led oversight letter to the Secretary of the VA regarding care and access at the Atlanta VA hospital

· Secured in Senate appropriations support for procurement of 16 more C-130 aircrafts.

Warnock tells Audacy Atlanta's Maria Boynton that the Pandemic, as tragic as it is, has taught us important moral lessons. According to Warnock, "it's reminded us in the ways we really are, in the words of Dr. King" 'We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality' "tied in a single garment of destiny."