The potential exists for the US Senate in the 118th Congress to have more African American members than ever before.
Altogether, there have been eleven African American Senators in American history, with three serving for the first time in 2017 when Kamala Harris joined the Senate, adding to Tim Scott and Cory Booker.
Raphael Warnock became the third serving at the same time, replacing Harris, who became Vice President in 2021!
Now, with Scott and Booker in the Senate, and Warnock running for reelection against another African American, former football player Herschel Walker, at least three African Americans will serve in the next Congress.
But there are others who are running for election to the Senate, including:
Congresswoman Val Demings of Florida against Senator Marco Rubio
Charles Booker of Kentucky against Senator Rand Paul
Cheri Beasley of North Carolina against Congressman Ted Budd
Mandela Barnes of Wisconsin against Senator Ron Johnson
So there could, in theory, be SEVEN African American Senators in the 118th Congress, if fortune worked out!
The 116th Congress (2019-2020) will set a record for the most minorities and women in Congress in American history.
Right now, in the 115th Congress, racial and ethnic minorities represent more than 45 percent of House Democrats, and women make up one third of the Democrats in the chamber.
Republicans on the other hand, have very few of either group right now, and not likely to have much more representation in the next Congress.
83 House members who are minorities right now are Democrats, while only 12 are Republicans.
There are 84 Women in the House, and about two thirds are Democrats.
The Senate has 9 members who are minorities, three African American, two Asian American, and four Hispanic American. Three of the nine (Tim Scott, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio) are Republicans, while the other six (Cory Booker, Kamala Harris, Tammy Duckworth, Mazie Hirono, Bob Menendez, Catherine Cortez Masto) are Democrats.
There are 23 women in the Senate, with 6 being Republicans and 17 being Democrats.
America will have a much more representative Congress, not just a typical white male dominance as was the case in most of American history.
The state of New Jersey become the first state to have African American and Hispanic American Senators representing it.
The swearing in of Cory Booker, escorted by Bob Menendez (of Cuban heritage), makes the state proud that it has done something that only Hawaii has done otherwise, having had two Asian Americans in the Senate for much of its history as a state.
Menendez was the second Cuban American in the Senate, and Booker is only the fourth elected African American Senator in American history.
Newark, New Jersey Mayor Cory Booker has become the fourth elected African American Senator in US history, as a result of a special election to fill the unexpired time in the term of the late Senator Frank Lautenberg.
Booker will have to run for a full term in November 2014, but would be heavily favored, since he won the seat at an odd time for an election by the margin of about ten points.
So Booker follows Edward Brooke (R) of Massachusetts (1967-1985); Carol Moseley Braun (D) of Illinois (1993-1999); and Barack Obama (D) of Illinois (2005-2009) in being elected.
Senator Tim Scott (R) of South Carolina, appointed to fill the vacancy left by resigning Senator Jim DeMint in January of this year, will face election in 2014, and is considered likely to retain his seat in the US Senate.
Two others were temporary appointments—Roland Burris (D) of Illinois (2009-2010), who replaced Obama; and Mo Cowan (D) of Massachusetts ( four and a half months in 2013), who replaced John Kerry.
And Mississippi had two Republican Senators during Reconstruction who were African American, and were selected by the state legislature—Hiram Revels (1870-1871) for about one year; and Blanche Bruce (1875-1881) for a full six year term.
Booker would be seen as likely to have a long, productive career in the US Senate, and be a potential Presidential candidate in the near and far future!