- Congratulations are pouring for a public school teacher who was elected as a New York state senator
- After years of teaching, Jabari Brisport was elected to represent New York's 25th state Senate district
- Administering the oath of office to him, Ocasio-Cortez hailed Brisport for his efforts in "building a New York for the many"
Jabari Brisport, a public school teacher in the United States, has been sworn in as the New York state senator in District 25.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a vocal member of the US House of Representative, shared the inspiring story of Brisport on Twitter after administering the oath of office to him.
"Congratulations Sen. @JabariBrisport!
"From public school teacher to the New York State Senate, we are all so proud of your journey and dedication to bringing so many along with you in the spirit of building a New York for the many.
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According to Senator Brisport's website, he is "a 3rd-generation Caribbean-American from Prospect Heights".
He has spent his life working with and for his neighbours as both an activist and educator.
Before becoming a member of the Senate, Brisport worked with as a public school teacher. He is also known advocating for teachers and students with his union, and organizing his neighbours to fight for progressive legislation.
Brisport hailed on social media as he is sworn-in
Ashik Ihsan, @AshikIhsan4, said:
"Alexandria, My congratulations to Jabari Brisport for being the New York State Senate from a public school teacher."
Ranaldo Lozada, @RanaldoLozada, said:
"We have your back, thank you for your work."
Also, @Caitlin55370588 said:
"Yes! We need more teachers in government. Teachers are used to changing lives."
Kathie, @flaslush, said:
"Most of congratulations on the pay raise, and shorter hours!! Oh, wait, you’re in NY, not FL. My bad.
"Congrats all the same. Please, always make decisions based on what’s best for children and you’ll be great!"
Frederic Dallan Sawyer, @DallanSawyer, said:
"Many ways to serve; public school teacher is an honorable one, and so is being a state rep. Congrats!"
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His appointment was confirmed by the Senate following a 93 - 2 decision after President Joe Biden nominated him to the post.
Austin who retired in 2016 and had to be granted a waiver from a law requiring a defence secretary to wait seven years after active-duty service before taking the job.