Voters began casting early ballots for the Dec. 6, 2022, election which became required by Georgia state law after neither candidate broke the 50 percent threshold required to win in the general election on Nov. 8, 2022. A recent AARP poll shows Warnock with a slight lead that will be dependent on young voters since 62% of run-off voters are 50 or older.
Warnock, also the pastor of Atlanta’s Ebenezer Baptist Church, where he has served for 16 years, won the special election in 2021. In doing so, he and fellow Democrat Jon Ossoff changed the majority control of the United States Senate.
Per The Washington Examiner, he received some heat for the fact that his total salary of $532,781 more than doubled since taking office. Warnock received $164,816 for his senate salary in 2021 plus $120,965 for his work as a pastor, which he was able to take because of a Senate loophole. His upcoming memoir “A Way Out of No Way” saw him earn an advance of $243,750.
His salary from the church presented him with $89,000 for housing benefits (termed a “personal parsonage allowance” by Warnock’s campaign) which rubbed some the wrong way, but this disbursal was eventually approved by the Senate Ethics Committee. His home in Atlanta is valued at over $1 million, per The Atlanta-Journal Constitution. Warnock holds an estimated net worth of $800,000, per Celebrity Net Worth.
Early Life, Education and Career
Raphael Gamaliel Warnock was the second-to-youngest of twelve children born to Pentecostal pastors Verlene and Jonathan Warnock in Savannah, Georgia, on July 23, 1969. His father served in World War II, and applied skills learned during that conflict to operate a car restoration and salvage business.
Warnock graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in psychology, cum laude from Morehouse College in 1991. Over the years he earned multiple advanced degrees, including a Master of Divinity degree, Master of Philosophy degree, and Doctor of Philosophy degree from Union Theological Seminary.
Warnock’s first official religious posting was at Abyssinian Baptist Church in New York. He next became senior pastor at Douglas Memorial Community Church in Baltimore, Maryland. He was chosen to be the senior pastor for Ebenezer Baptist Church (Martin Luther King, Jr.’s former church) in 2005.
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Warnock was married to Oulèye Ndoye from 2016 to 2020 and they have two children together. They have been involved in a custody and financial support dispute as of late. He currently resides in Atlanta.
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