About Their Business: 7 Black Female Politicians Who Made History

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Carol Moseley Braun

In 1993, Carol Moseley Braun was elected as an Illinois senator. With this election, Braun accomplished a trifecta by becoming the first black woman elected to the senate, the first black senator elected as a Democrat, and the first woman from Illinois elected to the U.S. Senate. She was also the first woman to serve on the Judiciary Committee and the Senate Finance Committee. In 1999, President Bill Clinton appointed her as U.S. ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa.

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