More Than Half of U.S. States Have Never Elected an African-American to Congress

Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Blanche Bruce (R-Mississippi), the first African-American to be elected to a full term in the Senate. He served from 1875 to 1881.
African-Americans have yet to serve in the U.S. House on behalf of 26 states, and the situation is even worse in the U.S. Senate. In the more than 220 years of Congress, only three states have ever elected a black senator.
Those three states are Mississippi (in the 1870s), Illinois (Carol Moseley-Braun in 1992, Barack Obama in 2004), and Massachusetts (Edward Brooke in 1966).
Currently, there are zero blacks in the Senate.
Twenty-four states have elected a total of 120 African-Americans to the House. But the majority of these politicians came from just six states: Illinois (14), California (12), South Carolina (10), New York (9), Georgia (8) and North Carolina (8).
The 26 states that have yet to elect a black U.S. representative are: Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, Washington, West Virginia and Wyoming.
Today, African-Americans make up about 12.9% of the U.S. population, but only 8.2% of the members of Congress.
-Noel Brinkerhoff


Ibrahim 8 years ago
Centuries of slavery and ditmricinasion. We are improving through every decade but recessions such as the Great Recession that we just experienced adversely affect the poor disproportionately. In addition, as a result, some middle class people fall into poverty due to job losses and loss of savings.No one sensible expects the ill effects of past ditmricinasion to disappear quickly but the improvements in the African American community have been fairly steady. As Vernon Jordan pointed out, however, at the National Urban League Conference last July, there is a gap growing within the African American community between the middle class and the poor. It must be addressed. Education has to be the focus. The jobs of most Americans are being threatened by globalization. The emphasis has to be on training for the jobs of the future, not just for African Americans, but for all Americans.Edit: I am African American and it never ceases to amaze me how blatantly racist some of the conservatives are regarding questions and answers on YA about African Americans. What does this accomplish?

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