BLACK VOICES
10/17/2013 03:19 pm ET

Only Four African Americans Have Ever Been Elected To The U.S. Senate In All Of American History

AP

New Jersey voters elected Newark Mayor Cory Booker (D) on Wednesday to the seat once held by the late Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D). When he is seated, Senator-elect Booker will join Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) as one of only two African Americans in the upper house of Congress. Close to thirteen percent of the country is black, despite the fact that African Americans control just two percent of the seats in the Senate.

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