Rhode Island Makes History: Gabriel Amo Secures Historic Win as State’s First Black Representative to Congress
Gabriel Felix Kofi Amo, widely known as Gabe Amo, etched his name in history on November 7, 2023, by securing Rhode Island’s inaugural Black representation in the US Congress. His triumph in clinching the 1st Congressional District seat stands as a watershed moment in Rhode Island’s political landscape. Prior to this milestone, Amo held pivotal positions in both the Biden and Obama administrations, notably serving as the deputy director of the White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs.
Amo’s ascendancy to Congress follows the tenure of former Democratic Rep. David Cicilline, underscoring his unwavering commitment to serve Rhode Island’s district and the state at large. Raised in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, by immigrant parents hailing from Ghana and Liberia, Amo’s upbringing mirrors the rich diversity and immigrant narrative intrinsic to the state. His focus spans a spectrum of pressing concerns, encompassing the restoration of functionality within the federal government, the battle against gun violence, and the safeguarding of social security and Medicare.
Throughout his campaign, Amo fervently stressed his alignment with a broader tradition of advocates, transcending racial or socio-economic boundaries, all striving for the advancement of Rhode Island. He is an alumnus of Moses Brown College Preparatory School, Wheaton College, and pursued studies in public policy at Oxford University.
Amo’s comprehensive platform advocates for national abortion legalization, combating the perils of climate change, championing more stringent gun control measures, and fostering research endeavors for the prevention of gun violence.
His opponent, Republican Gerry Leonard, gracefully accepted the election outcome, acknowledging Amo’s victory and expressing optimism for a fruitful term as a congressman.