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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Cory Booker becomes this country’s fourth elected African American Senator… EVER
By Katie | Published: October 17, 2013
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