Cory Booker becomes this country’s fourth elected African American Senator… EVER

Newark Mayor and U.S. Senate candidate Booker speaks to the media after casting his ballot during the Senate primary election in NewarkWednesday night Newark Mayor Cory Booker (D) beat Steve Lonegan (R) in a race for the New Jersey Senate. Booker will be replacing  Sen. Frank Lautenberg’s (D), who died in June of pneumonia.

Booker’s victory was predicted but what is shocking is that his win makes him the fourth African American to ever be elected to the U.S. Senate. He joins the ranks of  Sens. Edward William Brooke (R-MA), Carol Moseley Braun (D-IL) and President Barack Obama. Other African Americans have served in the Senate but, as ThinkProgress points out, were either appointed by governors to fill vacant seats or were selected by state legislatures. Though African Americans make up 13% of the country’s population, they only represent 2% of the Senate.

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