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Gabe Amo
Amo in 2023
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Rhode Island's 1st district
Assumed office
November 13, 2023
Preceded byDavid Cicilline
Personal details
Born
Gabriel Felix Kofi Amo

(1987-12-11) December 11, 1987 (age 36)
Pawtucket, Rhode Island, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
EducationWheaton College (BA)
Merton College, Oxford (MSc)
WebsiteHouse website

Gabriel Felix Kofi Amo (born December 11, 1987)[1] is an American politician serving as the U.S. representative for Rhode Island's 1st congressional district.

Before running for Congress, Amo worked in the Biden administration as the deputy director of the White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs. He has also worked in the Obama administration, on several Democratic political campaigns, and in Rhode Island governor Gina Raimondo's administration.[2]

Early life and education

Amo was born and raised in Pawtucket, Rhode Island.[3] His father and mother immigrated to Rhode Island from Ghana and Liberia, respectively.[4][5] His mother is a nurse and his father owns a liquor store.[6] He graduated from the Moses Brown college preparatory school in Providence, Rhode Island, where he was part of the student senate and received the Rhode Island Secretary of State's Civic Leadership Award.[3] He also was selected to participate in the United States Senate Youth Program in Washington, D.C.

Amo earned a Bachelor of Arts from Wheaton College in Massachusetts, where he studied political science and graduated Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude.[7][8] He also was a member of the student government association.[9] He received a Truman Scholarship, a Public Policy and International Affairs Fellowship, and a Marshall Scholarship to study comparative social policy at Merton College, Oxford.[10][11]

Early career

In college, Amo volunteered on Sheldon Whitehouse's 2006 U.S. Senate campaign and then on Barack Obama's 2008 presidential campaign.[7] He worked in the Office of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs in the Obama administration, serving as a liaison to governors and other state officials. He was also a national political coordinator for Obama's 2012 re-election campaign.[12][2]

Amo served as Governor Gina Raimondo's principal advisor on outreach to Rhode Island's local government, business, and faith communities,[3] and worked as a senior advisor on her 2018 re-election campaign.[2] He returned to national politics as a strategist and program advisor on Joe Biden's 2020 presidential campaign and later served on his transition team.[11] He then served as the special assistant and deputy director of the White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs, working as the principal liaison to mayors and local elected officials.[9]

U.S. House of Representatives

2023 special election

Amo left his White House job to run in the 2023 special election for Rhode Island's 1st congressional district, after incumbent representative David Cicilline announced his resignation from Congress to run the non-profit Rhode Island Foundation.[13] Amo's campaign focused on protecting Social Security, Medicare, and abortion rights, while tackling gun violence and climate change.[5] He received endorsements from the Congressional Black Caucus, former Rhode Island representative Patrick J. Kennedy, and former White House chief of staff Ron Klain.[14] He also was supported by outside spending from Democrats Serve PAC and Collective PAC.[15][16]

Amo was criticized for accepting over $20,000 from federal lobbyists representing major corporations, including Fox Corporation, Eli Lilly and Company, Philip Morris USA, Marathon Petroleum, and others. His receipts also included more than $8,000 from lobbyists for Wall Street firms and banks, such as Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase, Mastercard, and Bitcoin.[17] His primary campaign received more than $600,000 in donations in total.[5] In late August, a poll conducted for his campaign showed him in second place.[18]

In September 2023, in an upset, Amo won the Democratic primary to become the party's nominee for Rhode Island's 1st congressional district.[19][20] The general election was held on November 7.[21][22] Amo won the election, becoming Rhode Island's first black candidate elected to Congress.[23] He was officially sworn into Congress on November 13, 2023.[24]

Committee assignments

Caucus memberships

Political positions

Amo voted in favor of three military aid package supplementals for Ukraine, Israel, and Taiwan respectively in April 2024, along with most Democrats.[26][27][28] After all three bills successfully passed the House, he criticized House Republicans for “months of reckless delays”.[29]

Personal life

Amo is Catholic.[30]

Honors

In 2017, Amo received Higher Ground International's Clan Chief Award. In 2019, he received the distinguished Young Alumnus/a Award from Moses Brown School. In 2022, he was the Ghana Diaspora Public Affairs Collective's distinguished honoree at the Golden Gala and Awards Symposium, honoring senior Ghanaian-American government officials.[31]

Electoral history

2023 Rhode Island's 1st congressional district Democratic primary[32]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Gabe Amo 12,946 32.4
Democratic Aaron Regunberg 9,960 24.9
Democratic Sandra Cano 5,574 13.9
Democratic Sabina Matos 3,210 8.0
Democratic Stephen Casey 2,329 5.8
Democratic Walter Berbrick 1,453 3.6
Democratic Ana Quezada 1,415 3.5
Democratic John Goncalves 1,118 2.8
Democratic Donald Carlson (withdrawn) 690 1.7
Democratic Allen Waters 503 1.3
Democratic Stephanie Beauté 428 1.1
Democratic Spencer Dickinson 354 0.9
Total votes 39,980 100.0
2023 Rhode Island's 1st congressional district special election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Gabe Amo 43,290 64.73 +0.70
Republican Gerry Leonard Jr. 23,393 34.98 −0.78
Write-in 193 0.29 +0.06
Total votes 66,876 100.00
Democratic hold

See also

References

  1. ^ "Rep. Gabe Amo - D Rhode Island, 1st, in Office - Biography | LegiStorm".
  2. ^ a b c "Gabe Amo - National Nonpartisan Conversation on Voter Rights". September 20, 2022. Archived from the original on March 19, 2023. Retrieved March 19, 2023.
  3. ^ a b c McGowan, Dan (February 22, 2021). "Another Rhode Islander has joined the Biden Administration - The Boston Globe". BostonGlobe.com. Retrieved March 19, 2023.
  4. ^ "Biden taps Ghanaian Liberian millennial for key White House role". DNT. February 23, 2021. Retrieved March 19, 2023.
  5. ^ a b c Guo, Kayla (September 6, 2023). "After Primary, Rhode Island Looks Set to Have Its First Black Member of Congress". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved September 6, 2023.
  6. ^ "Gabe Amo just won the Democratic primary in RI's election. Here's what to know about him". The Providence Journal. September 6, 2023. Retrieved September 7, 2023.
  7. ^ a b Lund, Jenni (May 19, 2011). "Gabe Amo '10". Blog. Retrieved March 19, 2023.
  8. ^ Weisman, Janine L. (August 18, 2023). "Gabe Amo: Commitment to service". Rhode Island Current. Retrieved September 22, 2023.
  9. ^ a b "Gabe Amo | IGA". The White House. Archived from the original on March 19, 2023. Retrieved March 19, 2023.
  10. ^ https://www.marshallscholarship.org/media/1204/marshall_annual_57_2010_v13_final.pdf
  11. ^ a b "Gabe Amo '10 appointed to White House role". Wheaton College Massachusetts. March 3, 2021. Retrieved March 19, 2023.
  12. ^ "Gabe Amo". whitehouse.gov. March 7, 2013. Retrieved March 19, 2023.
  13. ^ Gregg, Katherine (April 18, 2023). "Former White House aide Gabe Amo announces CD1 run".
  14. ^ Fernandez, Madison (September 5, 2023). "Former Biden White House aide wins crowded primary for safe Dem seat in Rhode Island". Politico. Retrieved September 6, 2023.
  15. ^ Anderson, Patrick; Gregg, Katherine (September 6, 2023). "How Gabe Amo won, and what it could mean for future campaigns in RI". The Providence Journal. Retrieved September 7, 2023.
  16. ^ Fitzpatrick, Edward (September 6, 2023). "Black leaders hail Gabe Amo's chance to make history in R.I." Boston Globe. Retrieved September 7, 2023.
  17. ^ Fitzpatrick, Edward (August 28, 2023). "R.I. congressional race growing contentious in closing days - The Boston Globe". The Boston Globe. Retrieved September 1, 2023.
  18. ^ "Amo's internal poll shows him second to Regunberg as Matos falls behind". WPRI.com. August 24, 2023. Retrieved September 1, 2023.
  19. ^ Fitzpatrick, Edward; McGowan, Dan; Machado, Steph; Milkovits, Amanda (September 5, 2023). "Amo wins R.I.'s 1st Congressional District Democratic primary". Boston Globe. Retrieved September 6, 2023.
  20. ^ Noori Farzan, Antonia (September 5, 2023). "Amo wins Democratic primary for RI's CD1 seat. Here are the results". The Providence Journal. Retrieved September 6, 2023.
  21. ^ Nesi, Ted; Sherman, Eli; Machado, Steph (March 29, 2023). "Dates set for special election to replace Cicilline in Congress". WPRI-TV.
  22. ^ Towne, Shaun (September 5, 2023). "Gabe Amo wins Democratic primary in RI's 1st Congressional District". WPRI.com. Retrieved September 5, 2023.
  23. ^ "Rhode Island elects its first Black representative to Congress, Gabe Amo". The Guardian. Associated Press. November 7, 2023. Retrieved November 7, 2023.
  24. ^ Doiron, Sarah; DaSilva, Melanie (November 13, 2023). "Gabe Amo officially sworn into Congress". WPRI.com. Retrieved November 16, 2023.
  25. ^ a b "Committees and Caucuses". Congressman Gabe Amo. January 3, 2021. Retrieved December 6, 2023.
  26. ^ Washington, U. S. Capitol Room H154; p:225-7000, DC 20515-6601 (April 20, 2024). "Roll Call 152 Roll Call 152, Bill Number: H. R. 8034, 118th Congress, 2nd Session". Office of the Clerk, U.S. House of Representatives. Retrieved April 22, 2024.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  27. ^ Washington, U. S. Capitol Room H154; p:225-7000, DC 20515-6601 (April 20, 2024). "Roll Call 151 Roll Call 151, Bill Number: H. R. 8035, 118th Congress, 2nd Session". Office of the Clerk, U.S. House of Representatives. Retrieved April 22, 2024.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  28. ^ Washington, U. S. Capitol Room H154; p:225-7000, DC 20515-6601 (April 20, 2024). "Roll Call 146 Roll Call 146, Bill Number: H. R. 8036, 118th Congress, 2nd Session". Office of the Clerk, U.S. House of Representatives. Retrieved April 22, 2024.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  29. ^ @RepGabeAmo (April 20, 2024). "Today, I was proud to vote in support of four bipartisan bills that promote American leadership abroad while standing shoulder-to-shoulder with our democratic allies around the world. My full statement" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  30. ^ Patinkin, Mark (September 17, 2023). "Patinkin: From a Providence liquor store Gabe Amo's dad paved the way for his son". Providence Journal. Retrieved November 8, 2023.
  31. ^ Ofori, Oral (September 26, 2022). "GH-PAC Inaugural Golden Gala & Awards Symposium celebrated Ghanaian excellence". Embassy of Ghana, Washington DC. Retrieved March 19, 2023.
  32. ^ "Candidate qualifying deadline passes and reveals slate of 2023 statewide candidates". WLBT. February 1, 2022. Retrieved February 2, 2023.

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