• Barack Obama, the newly elected senator from Illinois, is currently the only Black senator. He is the third Black senator since Reconstruction - the other two being Carole Moseley Braun and Edward Brooke. There were also two Black senators elected during the post civil war reconstruction. They were Hiram Rhoades Revels and Blanche K. Bruce, both from Mississippi.
  • Met Wisconsin State Senator Lena C. Taylor last week so the field is growing.
  • African Americans: Hiram R. Revels (R-Mississippi), 1870-71 Blanche K. Bruce (R-Mississippi), 1875-1881 Edward W. Brooke (R-Massachusetts), 1967-1979 Carol Moseley-Braun (D-Illinois), 1993-1999 Barack Obama (D-Illinois), 2005-

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