2:37pm November 7, 2012

Congress: 5 New African Americans Will Join Congress in 2013


There will be five new African Americans in Congress next year.  The 113th Congress will be sworn-in during the first week in January.

At the beginning of the 112th Congress two years ago, there were 44 Black members of Congress.  The death of Rep. Donald Payne in March made it 43.

Redistricting ended the congressional careers of Reps. Laura Richarson (D-CA) and Hansen Clarke (D-MI).  Rep. Allen West (R-FL) lost last night and it appears, when all the counts are over, that there will be 44 Black members of Congress next year.  They will all serve in the U.S House.

1. Joyce Beatty – Former Democratic state representative Joyce Beatty has been elected to a new Ohio congressional district in Columbus.  She beat Republican Chris Long.

2. Steve Horsford – Horsford, Nevada’s first Black Senate majority leader, won a new seat created in Nevada.

3.  Marc Veasey – Texas State Rep. Marc Veasey will serve in a new House district in North Texas after defeating Republican Chuck Bradley.

4. Hakeem Jeffries – Jeffries, a New York State Assemblyman, was easily victorious in Brooklyn’s 8th congressional district.  Rep. Ed Towns held the seat for 29 years before announcing his retirement this year.

5.  Donald Payne, Jr. – Payne will serve in New Jerey’s 10th congressional district after the death of his father in March.

About the Author

Lauren Victoria Burke
Lauren Victoria Burke
Lauren Victoria Burke is an opinion journalist, comms expert and political analyst focused on justice reform policy. She created Crewof42.com, a blog that covers the work of Black members of Congress, in 2009. Ms. Burke was a staffer for the Senate Democratic Policy Committee and Director of Communications for Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN). She has had a very diverse career in politics and media and appears regularly on NewsOneNow with Roland Martin, Hardball and Up on MSNBC, WVON in Chicago, WURD in Philadelphia and WOL and WHUR in Washington, D.C. She is currently the Managing Editor of Politic365 and a contributing writer for TheRoot and NBC Black where she writes opinion and analysis. Additionally, Ms. Burke has been a contract photographer for Associated Press since 2004. She has authored three books of photography including two on President Obama's 2008 campaign for the presidency and one with Marvel Comics publisher Stan Lee. Ms. Burke was born in the Bronx, New York and grew up on Long Island. She holds a B.A. in History from The American University. Here e-mail is: LBurke007@gmail.com. Twitter: @LVBurke. Instagram: LVB325.



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