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52: Record Number of AfAms Will Serve in 115th Congress

52: Record Number of AfAms Will Serve in 115th Congress

There will be a record number of African Americans in Congress during the time Donald Trump President of the United States. The current number of African Americans in Congress is 48. Next year it will be 52, which will be the most in history. The Congressional Black Caucus will remain the largest Caucus in Congress with 50 members.

Sen-Elect Kamala Harris of California will be the second African American woman to serve in the U.S. Senate. Former Sen. Carol Moseley Braun was the first to serve in the Senate from 1993 to 1999. Former Maryland Lt. Governor Anthony Brown will serve in the U.S. House. There will be three Black Republicans in Congress: Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC), Reps. Mia Love (R-Utah) and Will Hurd (R-Texas).  

The newest members of the CBC will be:
68 — Alfred “Al” Lawson of Florida (September 21, 1948) @AlLawsonJr
62 — Dwight Evans of Pennsylvania (May 16, 1954) @RepDwightEvans
59 — Val Demings of Florida (March 12, 1957) @Val_Demings
55 — Lisa Blunt Rochester of Delaware (1961) @LisaBRochester
55 — Anthony Brown of Maryland (November 21, 1961) @BrownforMD
55 — Donald “Don” McEachin of Virginia (October 10, 1961) @Donald_McEachin
52 — Kamala Harris of California (October 24, 1964) @KamalaHarris

Whether the Rep. Yvette Clarke (D-NY) or Rep. Cedric Richmond will lead the largest Black Caucus ever in 2017 and 2018 is a question to be answered during the first week of December when CBC members vote on the next chair.