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Kojo Asamoa-Caesar
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Born (1986-06-02) June 2, 1986 (age 35)
NationalityGhanaian-American
CitizenshipUnited States
Alma materOld Dominion University & College of William & Mary
Political partyDemocrat
Spouse(s)Onikah Asamoa-Caesar
Children1
Websitekojoforcongress.com

Kojo Asamoa-Caesar is a Ghanaian-American politician based in Oklahoma and a member of the Democratic Party. The law school graduate who is a kindergarten teacher in Oklahoma was nominated to represent Oklahoma's 1st Congressional District of Tulsa after elections on June 30, 2020.[1] Educator and community leader Asamoa-Caesar, having won the primaries for his district, [2][3] lost in the general election of November 3, 2020 to incumbent Kevin Hern who won reelection[4] with 64% of total votes cast, Kojo claimed 33%.[5]

Career

Originally born in Alexandria, Virginia, Kojo earned a B.Sc from Old Dominion University in May 2008 and a J.D. from William & Mary Law School in May 2012. He professionally worked as an early childhood teacher at Tulsa Lighthouse Charter School, as director of outreach and operations at the office of Senator Mike Johnson (Oklahoma politician), and as founding principal of the Greenwood Leadership Academy [6] among other roles. The lawyer in early of 2020 became Oklahoma's first black male Democratic nominee of the century[7][8]. "I got my values from Ghana. My formative years were in Ghana. And they have played a significant role in my rise. I don’t run away from my Ghanaian heritage..." says Asamoa-Caesar who won 63.6% of votes cast at the June 2020 United States House of Representatives elections in Oklahoma as the Democratic Party’s candidate for Oklahoma's 1st congressional district[9] as a newcomer. He faced Kevin Hern of the Republican Party in the November 2020 United States House of Representatives elections.

Personal life

Asamoa-Caesar was born in Alexandria, Virginia to immigrant parents from Ghana and was raised primarily by his mother until she suffered a serious stroke at age 40 that resulted in her return to Ghana so her family could help care for her, leaving a 14yr-old Kojo behind [10]. He is married to Onikah Asamoa-Caesar [11] and they have a daughter named Hadassah Eden who was born April 2020.

References

  1. "Congressional nominee". theafricandream.net. Retrieved 2020-07-12..
  2. "Asamoa-Caesar wins Primaries". newson6.com. Retrieved 2020-07-12.
  3. "Kojo wins nomination". theafricandream.net. Retrieved 2020-07-12.
  4. "Kevin Hern reelected". nytimes.com. Retrieved 2020-11-11.
  5. "Votes percentage". nytimes.com. Retrieved 2020-11-11.
  6. "work with Senator". theblackwallsttimes.com. Retrieved 2020-07-12.
  7. "first black male Democrat on the ballot". tulsapeople.com. Retrieved 2020-07-12.
  8. "first black male Democrat on the ballot". tulsapeople.com. Retrieved 2020-07-12.
  9. "Congressional District 1 candidate". theafricandream.net. Retrieved 2020-07-12.
  10. "Growing up". tulsaworld.com. Retrieved 2020-07-12.
  11. "spouse". fultonstreet918.com. Retrieved 2020-07-12.

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