On Capitol Hill, Sen. Raphael Warnock blasted Republicans’ push for tighter voting rules as “Jim Crow in the new clothes” while his campaign email blasted serious risks to democracy.

Back home, Georgia’s first black senator is more nuanced, pitching a “broader view of infrastructure” and with control of the Senate than talking of his reelection battle just months after winning January’s special election. is abstaining.

“I’m busy being the United States senator from Georgia,” Warnock said with a smile, as he recently dismissed a question about famed football hero Herschelle Walker, potentially his role as a Republican. was running for the seat.

Indeed, the preacher-turned-politician spent this Independence Day recess from an inland port in the conservative Appalachian foothills to liberal Atlanta’s urban microbreweries and sprawling public hospitals, then to suburban defense contractors in between. At each stop, he highlighted the federal money his state has sent — or is trying to route — for health care, national security research, rural broadband and urban pedestrian paths, among other projects.

“We Georgians should be proud of everything that’s happening in the state,” said Warnock at the Georgia Tech Research Institute, cheerleading ongoing projects and arguing for more federal spending. “I had some idea of this before becoming a senator. But what I’ve seen firsthand is impressive.”