Senate-Elect Cory Booker Made Bigger History Than You Think

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October 21, 2013 by gabnormal

Cory BookerCory Booker beat out Steve Lonegan in the special election held in New Jersey to replace the late Senator Frank Lautenberg, who died in June.

This makes Booker only the fourth black senator in history to be elected by popular vote, joining current President Barack Obama (D-Ill.), Carol Moseley-Braun (D-Ill.) and Edward William Brooke (R-Mass.).

Additionally, only five other black senators have served in the Senate, but each of those have been appointed either to fill a vacant seat or selected by state legislatures prior to the ratification of the 17th Amendment which calls for direct election of senators.

So. Since the beginning of our government, there have only been nine black senators in the United States. Nine. We can count them on both hands and still have a pinky leftover.

Cory Booker made history. But in 2013 this type of thing shouldn’t be history anymore.

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