Jon Ossoff, the Democratic candidate in the 2016 Special Congressional Election for Georgia‘s sixth district, is dating a longtime girlfriend, Alisha Kramer. She’s currently a student at Emory University and the reason why Ossoff doesn’t live in the district he’s hoping to represent in Congress.
Georgia’s sixth congressional district is currently not represented in Congress after President Donald Trump chose Tom Price as his Health and Human Services Secretary. If no candidate gets 50 percent of the vote on April 18, a runoff election will take place on June 20. The seat hasn’t been held by a Democrat since John J. Flynt held it from 1965 to 1979.
Here’s what you need to know about Ossoff’s girlfriend, Alisha Kramer.
1. They’ve Been Dating for 12 Years
Since she’s currently a medical student at Emory University, Ossoff and Kramer don’t actually live within Georgia’s sixth congressional district, where Ossoff grew up. He told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that he plans to move back into the district after she graduates.
“I’m a mile and a half down the street to support Alisha while she finishes medical school. It’s something I’ve been very transparent about. In fact, I’m proud to be supporting her career,” Ossoff told CNN. “As soon as she finishes her medical training, I’ll be 10 minutes back up the road into the district where I grew up.”
New York Magazine notes that Ossoff always says that he was “raised” in northern Dekalb County, which is part of the district. The district also includes suburbs north of Atlanta, parts of Cobb County, Fulton County and Dekalb County.
2. Kramer Is Studying to Be an OB/GYN
Kramer is studying Obstetrics and Gynecology at Emory University School of Medicine. According to her LinkedIn page, she will graduate in 2018.
Before attending Emory, she earned her B.S. in Biology of Global Health from Georgetown University in 2012. In 2010, she attended a study abroad program at the Danish Institute for Study Abroad.
She worked as a research assistant at Georgetown’s Immunology Lab. From 2012 to 2014, she was a Program Manager and Research Assistant at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), a nonpartisan think tank based in Washington D.C.
3. They Both Went to Georgetown University
Kramer and Ossoff both attended Georgetown University. She started there in 2008, a year before Ossoff graduated. According to his LinkedIn page, Ossoff earned a B.S. in Foreign Service in 2009. On his campaign site, Ossoff says he studied under Madeleine Albright while at Georgetown.
As NPR reports, videos from Ossoff’s college days were used against him in an ad created by the GOP super-PAC Congressional Leadership Fund. Some clips of Ossoff as a member of the Georgetown Chimes a capella group are on YouTube, including one where they sing “Georgetown Girl” to the tune of Billy Joel’s “Uptown Girl.”
4. She Led Research Trips to Africa & Wrote Publications for CSIS
According to her author bio at Impatient Optimists, a site run by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Kramer organized research trips to Botswana and Ethiopia, as well as Switzerland. She worked with Congressional staff delegations on trips to South Africa and Zambia. During her time at CSIS, she co-wrote publications on AIDS, women’s reproductive health and U.S. international health policy.
In 2013, she co-wrote two essays published by Impatient Optimists. In the first, she advocated for the U.S. to strengthen investment in women’s global health. In the second, she wrote that family planning programs are important to developing countries after she visited Ethiopia. Both essays were written with Janet Fleischman, a senior associate with CSIS’ Global Health Policy Center.
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5. She Played Ultimate Frisbee at Georgetown
Kramer played Ultimate Frisbee (or just “ultimate”) while at Georgetown. She was even captain of the Georgetown University Huckin’ Foyas.
In 2011, Kramer contributed to the College Women’s Ultimate Resources Manual, with an essay called “Why Play Ultimate?”
“What do I value above all else about ultimate? It is without a doubt the people and the community,” Kramer wrote. “I cannot help but feel an intense outpouring of warmth and love for all of the teammates I have played with on the field and those I trained with off the field. But the amazing aspect of the sport and the defining feature, which I believe distinguishes it from all other high school sports are the friendships that are made with the opponent.”
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