Georgia’s new Senator-elect Jon Ossoff is a millennial success story

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Jon Ossoff is aggressively millennial: He’s Very Online.

He’s on TikTok. He’s interned. He’s worked at a young media company. He’s well-educated, and he even had a side hustle — running for office in Georgia (twice).

And now, he’s the youngest Democrat elected to the senate since 1973, when President-elect Joe Biden joined the legislative body as a 30-year-old. Ossoff will be the country’s first millennial senator.

Ossoff is also making history as Georgia’s first Jewish senator, according to Haaretz, and the first southern Jewish senator since the 1880s. At 33 years old, he’s only three years past the minimum age to become a senator. 

And, like the good millennial he is, Ossoff has truly posted through it all. He hasn’t scrubbed his old, nerdy tweets — relatable to any millennial who has lived their life online — and has hopped on TikTok trends adeptly.

Examples of Ossoff’s digital-native millennial behavior are when he tweeted “n00b 4 lyfe,” participated in #ff (Follow Friday) on Twitter, and followed dril. For those whose brains haven’t been melted by Twitter, that means, respectively: he called himself an inexperienced gamer, recommended Twitter users for others to follow, and follows an absurdist comic sensibility dubbed the “king of Weird Twitter.”

Ossoff is richer than the average millennial, though. While he’s received money from his family (which is common among millennials), The Washington Post reported that his net worth is between $2.3 million and $8.8 million, compared to an average millennial net worth of less than $8,000 as of 2019. Insider’s Hillary Hoffower reported that the “K-shaped recovery” amid the pandemic is creating a wide gap between classes of “rich millennials” and “poor millennials.”

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The most famous millennial politician comes from the generation’s other cohort: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who pulled off a famous upset win in a 2018 congressional primary while establishing a notable presence on social media. After graduating from Boston University, Ocasio-Cortez moved back to the Bronx, wanting to help her family. She famously worked as a bartender before launching her campaign, creating an energizing and new story of millennial success along the way.

In 2019, she became the youngest woman ever elected to congress when she joined the House, and has since become an icon of the left and youth organizing movement as well as something of a lightning rod to the right. Now 31, Ocasio-Cortez is eligible to challenge Chuck Schumer for a senate seat, an option she hasn’t ruled out.

Ossoff’s father is the CEO and president of a small continuing education company, Strafford Publications. His mother, an Australian immigrant, has reportedly held “several senior management roles,” according to the Sydney Morning Herald. She also cofounded a nonpartisan PAC to help female candidates in Georgia.

“I openly acknowledge that the opportunity I’ve had is a function of my parents’ hard work,” Ossoff told The Washington Post’s Michael Kranish in December. 

Ossoff did not respond to Insider’s request for comment.

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Source:: Businessinsider – Politics


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