Thomas Jonathan Ossoff is an American politician who is a United States senator-elect from Georgia. He was previously a documentary film producer and investigative journalist.
Early life and education
Born in Atlanta, Georgia, Ossoff was raised in Northlake, an unincorporated community. Ossoff's mother, Heather Fenton, an Australian immigrant, was born and raised in Sydney before immigrating to the U.S. at age 23. She co-founded NewPower PAC, an organization that works to elect women to local office across Georgia. His father, Richard Ossoff, who is of Russian Jewish and Lithuanian Jewish descent, owns Strafford Publications, a specialist publishing company. Ossoff was raised Jewish. He previously held Australian citizenship through his mother.
He attended the Paideia School, an independent school in Atlanta. While in high school, he interned for civil rights leader and U.S. representative John Lewis. In 2009, Ossoff graduated from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service with a Bachelor of Science degree. He attended classes taught by former U.S. secretary of state Madeleine Albright and former Israeli ambassador to the United States Michael Oren. He earned a Master of Science degree from the London School of Economics in 2013.
Ossoff worked as a national security staffer and aide to U.S. representative Hank Johnson for five years. He left Johnson's office in 2012 to earn a master's degree at the London School of Economics. Before working for Johnson, he served as an intern for U.S. representative and civil rights leader John Lewis, who recommended him to Johnson.
Since 2013, Ossoff has been managing director and chief executive officer of Insight TWI, a London-based investigative television production company that works with reporters to create documentaries about corruption in foreign countries. The firm produced BBC investigations about ISIS war crimes and death squads in East Africa. He was also involved in producing a documentary about the staging of a play in Sierra Leone.
Ossoff is married to Alisha Kramer, who is an obstetrics and gynecology resident at Emory University.