November 2nd, 2010
10:42 PM ET
12 years ago

No African-Americans in next U.S. Senate

New York (CNN) - Despite record election achievements by African-Americans in the House, the United States Senate will not have an African-American in its ranks.

All three black Senate candidates, Kendrick Meek (D-FL), Alvin Greene (D-SC) and Mike Thurmond (D-GA) are projected to lose tonight. The only incumbent black senator, Roland Burris (D-IL), is retiring.

Only six black senators have served: three Republicans and three Democrats, including the future President Barack Obama (D-IL).

There have been 118 voting members of Congress who are African-American. This year the GOP has 14 African-Americans on the ballot, any one of which could become the first black Republican in the house since 2003.

There are 41 African-American Democrats in Congress of which most are running in majority black districts. CNN projects Alabama sent its first African-American woman to Congress tonight with the election of Terri Sewell in the state's 7th district. She is a Democrat.

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  1. spinaflyy5

    i work in a shop where there is no racial tension. in fact if someone was to create such a situation im sure that him or her would be critasized more by thier own race than by any other

    November 3, 2010 01:05 am at 1:05 am |
  2. t_height

    Just as you know people who voted for Obama because he is black, I also know people who didn't vote for him because he is black. To say this election isn't about race is ludicrous. A black person can't even get good results reguardless of what party he is running for. I'm still wondering what has Obama done that has made this country worse that wasn't already done before he became president. Whats also crazy to me is that people on here seem to be scared to admit the fact that they wouldn't think about voting for a candidate because he is black. We are chatting online, whats the harm. another sad thing is my state (GERORGIA) just elected a man for governor that may end up in prison before he even begin to serve. If this man was black with the same views and everything exactly what Deal has he wouldn't make it pass the party nomination. Now tell if i'm wrong or not.

    November 3, 2010 01:05 am at 1:05 am |
  3. Anonymous

    Anyone who thinks that this shameful statistic is this not being about race is being dangerously naive. Imagine, if you will, a Senate that was all Black. Would it not be about race then? There are 40 million African Americans in the United States. For a group this large to have NO representatives in the United States Senate is outrageous. African American soldiers are fighting and dying for this country on a daily basis. Don't tell me that it doesn't matter that their people back home are going totally unrepresented in this DEMOCRACY they are fighting so hard to protect.

    November 3, 2010 01:12 am at 1:12 am |
  4. Just Sad

    To all, I have never posted on any site. But this one has brought me to a new low. I love all of my fellow man whatever the color. I am a black man who has served this country with pride and I try my best to live with good morals and the values that my family has taught me. This country is turning out so racist that no one will prosper in the end.

    November 3, 2010 01:18 am at 1:18 am |
  5. Tom D.

    Cory, you're wrong, There have been serveral Black Republican members of the House of Repersentatives, that last one was J.C. Watts of OK, he served from 1995-2003. He retired from office and didn't lose an election. During recontruction, there were many Black Repubs. You should do your home work, you don't know what you're talking about!

    November 3, 2010 01:18 am at 1:18 am |
  6. USA

    America is finally getting what it deserves. People eventually reap what they sow.

    November 3, 2010 01:24 am at 1:24 am |

    I think we're overall making progress, but sometimes you have to take three steps forward two steps backward, but you still got one step forward. Despite all the madness right now, we elected a truly remarkable President unlike any prior, and had ground-breaking legislation passed, perfect or imperfect – we're entering into an exciting new tomorrow.

    November 3, 2010 01:25 am at 1:25 am |
  8. Divya

    How about an atheist Asian-American 🙂 Not yet, right! Well, the 'idiot' is the in thing; the 'intellect' is a dirty word! Such is state of our dumbed down society, including polity!

    November 3, 2010 01:26 am at 1:26 am |
  9. Anonymous

    Give them credit or Die. Take your country back? America is built on prejudice. You people call your President Mr. Obama how disrespectful. Your politicians care only about money and America's in sinking sand and you blame your President he is just a puppet the strings you pull are your own you got what you asked for.

    November 3, 2010 01:28 am at 1:28 am |
  10. john smith

    Control Freaks said:
    This is what happens when we as a nation elect the first black president, and he completely ruins everything for future black Americans to be elected. For anyone that doesn't think this is the Kenyan-born Village Idiots fault, please take the time to tell everyone how all of that "hopey-changy" crap is working for you.

    I say: Obama didn't ruin anything for anybody. America being the great nation that it is, is the land of opportunity for everyone, regardless of race or religion. Surely, white Americans would never judge an entire group of people based on how one person has performed.

    And I'm sure being a Muslim would never prevent anyone from getting elected to public office. America....the land of the free.

    November 3, 2010 01:31 am at 1:31 am |
  11. Jacob

    Corey, there has actually been 24 African American representatives that were Republican making your statement very misleading.
    Maybe you meant there are currently no Republican African American representatives which is true until the Congressmen elected tonight are seated.

    November 3, 2010 01:37 am at 1:37 am |
  12. john Quisly

    No Blacks, No Asians, No Native Americans. Yet you choose to focus on blacks.


    November 3, 2010 01:37 am at 1:37 am |
  13. Nate from Atlanta

    Some of you really don't get it. Maybe if some of you tried to take the point of view of being in the minority you would better understand.

    November 3, 2010 01:39 am at 1:39 am |
  14. asdf

    ... in all this talk about disenfranchised blacks, where are the blacks? What are they doing about it? Waiting for the white man to GIVE them equality? Please. People are born equal. What they choose to do afterward is different. Sitting on the couch complaining is not a color.

    November 3, 2010 01:39 am at 1:39 am |
  15. Mr. Alexander

    Tarsha Wilkerson:

    Well that is great because what the heck have the dems been doing since they had power not a thing thats why i voted republican and alot of other blacks are doing the same. We have gotten tired of taking care of the people on welfare that will not try to get a job. Thats what the dems for they help them and take away from my family and give to them.

    WHAT HAVE THE DEMS TAKEN FROM YOU AND YOUR FAMILY, lady please, GTFOH, please tell me what have they taken from you and your family.

    November 3, 2010 01:39 am at 1:39 am |
  16. lginf6770

    I read the comments by those who think it is cute to make statements like, good riddance and such. I read the statements by the people who want to paint the Republicans and Tea Party as hating everyone except WASP. The Democrats called Bush everything under the sun, called him a lier on the Senate floor, called him stupid on the Senate floor, called him Hitler and made every derogatory remark about him possible, I guess most of you forgot that. Obama has NEVER been called a racist name, no body has suggested that he got to be president because of affirmative action, and there have been no names called on the Senate Floor. I pray for the day that there is a thunderous loud POP as all of the idiots on both sides pull their collective heads out of their sixth point of contact. Airborne, ALL THE WAY ooh rawww God Bless America!!!!!!!!

    November 3, 2010 01:42 am at 1:42 am |
  17. Jason

    Isnt it great that we live in a world where race doesnt matter in politics??? Hahahaha..... The president was elected bc he's black, dont get it twisted. The reprocutions of his predeccessor will linger for decades.... The senate is no different... Without no minority representation, the votes will always be biased.... Bc how can u say whats right for the minority if youve never been in the position.

    November 3, 2010 01:45 am at 1:45 am |
  18. Soosuemee

    Did i miss something ?? I thought blacks could vote in this country ? Don't blame anyone but yourself if the right color didnt get in !

    November 3, 2010 01:45 am at 1:45 am |
  19. Nujerz

    not surprised @ all since Obama election race relations have gotten worse....

    November 3, 2010 01:46 am at 1:46 am |
  20. lginf6770

    BTW has it occurred to anyone that the failure to assimilate into American Society started with the hyphen (-). Which are you, African or American, if you are African where there were you born?? Lets just all be AMERICANS, what do you think?

    November 3, 2010 01:46 am at 1:46 am |
  21. BenEhana

    J.C. Watts was an African-American Republican Congressman from Oklahoma from 1995 to 2003.

    November 3, 2010 01:47 am at 1:47 am |
  22. bcr4d

    We are all of different colors, but we all bleed red and will all stand before God in Judgement. That's why I never debate ignorant people. They will bring you down to their level and beat you with experience

    November 3, 2010 01:49 am at 1:49 am |
  23. ss

    It is funny that people think race doesn't matter and yet they are still take the time to defend themselves using some aside about what black person they voted or stating that they themselves are of color. Race is very much apart of our culture and people fail to properly acknowledge it. Calling race "irrelevant" doesn't makes it so. Pointing out that there are no African Americans in the senate does speak in certain terms to the State of the Union. Taxation with out representation? That is what it feels like to me. Believe it or not to an extend we are all defined by our "whiteness" or lack of it.
    I digress. (Sigh). This Country is doomed in no uncertain terms if we cannot address a foundation built on faults.

    November 3, 2010 01:50 am at 1:50 am |
  24. deaupey

    the only thing politicians count on is for the general public to have is short term memory of the past misteps by them. he who forgets history-never learns it – is doom to repeat the same mistakes or cry and ask why did such happen. the politically motivated get involved. thus they have a power base . they work for what it is they seek be it ten year away. all is not lost.. just don't give or feel that all is based on racial issue . some are fears, others social connections or monetary modialities

    November 3, 2010 01:52 am at 1:52 am |
  25. Fingers

    Maybe there are no blacks qualified to be a Senator.

    November 3, 2010 01:52 am at 1:52 am |
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