Kojo Asamoa-Caesar: First Ghanaian to run for US Congress loses

Kojo Asamoa-Caesar of the Democratic Party lost to his Republican challenger, Kevin Hern, in the general election on 3 November

Kojo Asamoa-Caesar, the first Ghanaian-American to be nominated for the US Congress, has lost to his Republican opponent, Kevin Hern. 


So far, out of the 334,804 (96%) of the estimated votes cast, the New York Times reports that Asamoa-Caesar polled 109,455 votes, representing 32.7%. Hern garnered 213, 251 votes, representing 63.7% as against Evelyn Rogers, an independent candidate, who managed 12,098 (3.6%).

Asamoa-Caesar was hoping to represent Oklahoma’s 1st Congressional District on the ticket of the opposition Democratic Party.


Landslide history


On 30 June 2020, Asamoa-Caesar made history when he became the first Ghanaian-American to be nominated for the US Congress in a landslide victory.


The New York Times reported that he polled 34,380 votes, which represented a total vote cast of 63.6% to win.


The Ghanaian native also made history as the first-ever first-generation American, first-ever Black person to win the nomination, first-ever resident of North Tulsa, and the youngest ever Democratic nominee to run for U.S. Congress.


Asamoa-Caesar had the intention of championing solutions that will meet the urgency of problems in Oklahoma.


About Kojo Asamoa-Caesar


Born in Alexandria, Virginia, Asamoa-Caesar earned a BS from Old Dominion University in May 2008. In May 2012, he grabbed a degree from the second oldest law school in the United States, William & Mary Law School.


His professional experience includes working as an early childhood teacher at Tulsa Lighthouse Charter School, as director of outreach and operations at the office of Senator, Mike Johnston, as founding principal of the Greenwood Leadership Academy, and as interim executive director for 36 Degrees North.


Born leader


Born to a nursing assistant and a taxi driver, Asamoa-Caesar has always assumed positions that aim for a positive impact on society.


During his days at the university, he was elected student body president and founded T R U S T, an organisation that grooms young adults as positive change agents in their communities.


In 2013, he took a job as a kindergarten teacher under the Teach America Organization and moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma after graduation.


With part of his background in education, Asamoa-Caesar later served as the founding principal of Greenwood Leadership Academy, an elementary school in North Tulsa. 


Before he campaigned for Congress, he served as Interim Executive Director at 36 Degrees North, a co-working space that serves as Tulsa’s base camp for entrepreneurs, serving over 500 members and representing over 47 different industries.


Nathaniel Crabbe

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