Nathan W. Biah Sr. (born December 14, 1971)[2] is an American politician and educator who serves in the Rhode Island House of Representatives for the 3rd district.[3]

Nathan Biah
Member of the
Rhode Island House of Representatives
from the 12th district
Assumed office
January 5, 2021
Preceded byMoira Walsh
Personal details
Born (1971-12-14) December 14, 1971 (age 49)
Monrovia, Liberia
Political partyDemocratic Party
Spouse(s)Thumbelina Biah[1]
Alma materRhode Island College

Early lifeEdit

Born and raised in Monrovia, the capital of Liberia, Biah was his parents' only child.[4] Biah was sent to a preparatory school considered one of the "most prestigious" in Liberia, but his education was interrupted by the First Liberian Civil War, which caused Biah to emigrate to the United States.[4]

Political careerEdit

Biah announced a primary challenge to incumbent representative Moira Walsh in 2020. Walsh, a staunch progressive, had been an opponent of Speaker of the Rhode Island House Nicholas Mattiello, who thus supported Biah.[5] Biah was also endorsed by Rhode Island Right to Life, an anti-abortion organization.[6] In contrast to most other successful primaries in the 2020 Rhode Island House elections, where progressives had ousted allies of Mattiello,[5] Biah defeated Walsh 64–35, and was unopposed in the general election.[7]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Admin (November 6, 2020). "They Escaped Civil War; Now they have Captured Public Office". Liberian Daily Observer. Retrieved January 12, 2021.
  2. ^ http://www.rilegislature.gov/pressrelease/_layouts/RIL.PressRelease.ListStructure/Forms/DisplayForm.aspx?List=c8baae31-3c10-431c-8dcd-9dbbe21ce3e9&ID=371152
  3. ^ Gregg, Katherine (January 3, 2021). "Political Scene: What do a taxi driver, theater teacher, children's book author have in common?". The Providence Journal. Retrieved January 12, 2021.
  4. ^ a b List, Madeleine (October 24, 2020). "For RI House candidate Nathan Biah, hardship inspired zeal to serve others". The Providence Journal. Retrieved January 12, 2021.
  5. ^ a b Ahlquist, Steve (September 9, 2020). "Progressives hopeful as big General Assembly wins seem to be happening". Uprise RI. Retrieved January 12, 2021.
  6. ^ Anderson, Patrick (September 13, 2020). "Political Scene: Progressive wins will be felt at General Assembly". The Providence Journal. Retrieved January 12, 2021.
  7. ^ "Nathan Biah". Ballotpedia. Retrieved January 12, 2021.