The Midterms Swept in a New Class of Black Politicians

Tuesday saw the election of three new African American lieutenant governors, four new African American attorneys general, and seven new African American members of the House. (An eighth candidate, Steve Horsford, won back a seat he had previously held.) Other elections had reverberations lower down, like the 19 black women elected to county-judge spots in Texas or the black woman who will now become the majority leader of the New York State Senate. Most are under 40 years old. Most are the first African Americans elected to the jobs they now hold. And most seem likely to run for even higher offices down the line.


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