Senate’s Sole African American, Prepares to Depart, Eyes Chicago Mayor’s Race

November 6, 2010  |  

(St. Louis Beacon) — Lost in the storm of relentless media coverage about this week’s midterm elections was the fact that the only African-American member of the U.S. Senate, Sen. Roland Burris, D-Ill., will be leaving Congress later this month to return to Illinois.  “It disturbs me,” Burris says, that the new Senate will have additional Hispanic and female members but no black senators at all when the new Congress convenes in January. “You have to have a balance in the Senate, and without a black person, that body is not getting an African-American perspective on important issues.”

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