African Americans in Congress

The last time this guide was published was in 2012, so it is a welcome appearance for this iteration – African American Members of the United States Congress: 1870-2018. Culled from governmental and non-governmental sources, this resource highlights

  • “the total number of African Americans who have served in Congress by party and type of service;
  • the number of African Americans who have served in each Congress since 1870;
  • the number of African Americans who have served in the House and Senate by state, district, or territory;
  • the means of entry to Congress, including regular elections, special elections, and appointments;
  • the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) House Congressional Member Organization;
  • a listing of firsts for African Americans in Congress;
  • a listing of the African Americans who have served in leadership;
  • the records for length of service in the House and Senate; and
  • a listing of the African American women in the 115th Congress.” (Summary)

Numerous tables and figures add to the utility of this document. Find out why New Jersey’s Senator Cory Booker merits a special mention in this report. (The answer is on p.14).

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