Talk:List of African-American United States Senators

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Merge / Duplicate entries

(content moved)I think this is a useful list, but I have to point out that it already exists almost in complete form at African Americans in the United States Congress. I don't know if the proper form is to remove the info from there and put it here, in full (with style changes), or merge it from here into there. But there should not be duplicate, and possibly unsynchronized lists. LH (talk) 20:19, 25 January 2009 (UTC) See Talk:African Americans in the United States Congress.

Added history

Discussions of African Americans or Republicans elected from the South after a gap of decades (and in some cases nearly 100 years) must have history added about the South's disfranchising constitutions and exclusion of African Americans from the political system. It wasn't a casual matter of party preference. I've added that.Parkwells (talk) 17:20, 5 November 2014 (UTC)

Senator-elect

@Therequiembellishere: Harris cannot remain a part of the list. She is not a Senator, only an elect. No different than Trump as President-elect on List of Presidents of the United States. Harris is not sworn in yet. According to Los Angeles Times, "Harris will take the oath of office on Jan. 3, and she’ll officially step down as attorney general shortly before the ceremony ..." Time remaining is also not pertinent, she's not a Senator.

Also, I like the addition of colors to identify Senators that won re-election, but you need to provide a key so readers know what the colors mean. Please don't assume others will infer the purpose of the colors. Mitchumch (talk) 12:10, 21 December 2016 (UTC)

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Kamala Harris

Hornets23 Harris is routinely listed as African American in reliable sources:

  • 1. Congress has listed "HARRIS, Kamala Devi" among Black Americans in Congress in the Member Profiles section here.
  • 2. The U.S. Senate list her as African American here. "Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) became the first African American to represent California in the United States Senate on January 3, 2017."
  • 3. Politifact "Kamala Harris's file" "Harris, a Democrat, was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2016. She became California's attorney general in January 2011. She was the first woman and the first African-American to hold the office in California's history."
  • 4. Washington Post in "Democrats add Harris, Booker to Senate Judiciary Committee" "The Senate Judiciary Committee will welcome its first African American members in this century after Democrats added Sens. Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.) and Cory Booker (D-N.J.) to the panel that handles judicial nominations and appointments to the Justice Department."
  • 5. Los Angeles Times in "Kamala Harris will be the first Indian American U.S. senator and California's first black senator" "She will also be just the second black woman to serve in the U.S. Senate, and the first black senator from California."
  • 6. New York Times in "California Today: A Snooze of a Senate Race" "The race to succeed Senator Barbara L. Boxer of California was supposed to be one of the marquee contests of the year. It is a contest to fill the first open Senate seat in the nation’s largest state since 1992. It offers a window into the ethnic kaleidoscope that is California: Pitting a Latino, Representative Loretta Sanchez, against an African-American, Kamala Harris, the state attorney general."
  • 7. Fox News in "Sen. Kamala Harris raises eyebrows on 'Ellen' with Trump joke" "Harris, California’s first African-American senator, has not responded to the conservative response online."

These and other WP:Reliable sources are the reason she is listed as African American on this list. Mitchumch (talk) 21:32, 27 June 2018 (UTC)

I also want to add African-American United States Representatives that have Caribbean-born parents or were born in the Caribbean:
Harris' Caribbean ancestry and label as an African American in reliable sources are not unique to her. Mitchumch (talk) 03:15, 28 June 2018 (UTC)
See Wikipedia:Sockpuppet investigations/Hornets23. This has been going on for some time. --Dennis Bratland (talk) 16:48, 12 July 2018 (UTC)
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