Milestone: 2 Black Senators to Serve at Same Time
Cowan's appointment makes some history
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 30, 2013 4:55 PM CST
William "Mo" Cowan, right, is only the eighth black senator in history.   (AP Photo/Massachusetts Governor's Office, File)

(Newser) – The pick of William "Mo" Cowan to fill John Kerry's Senate seat in Massachusetts results in a little American history being made, notes Bloomberg. For the first time ever, two black senators will serve at the same time. Cowan joins Tim Scott of South Carolina, who got picked to fill the recent Jim DeMint vacancy. Cowan isn't running in the June special election, which means Scott will again be the sole black senator at that point. But it's possible that both Scott and Cory Booker of New Jersey will be elected to full terms in 2014, notes Dave Weigel at Slate.

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Hank10303
Jan 31, 2013 4:04 PM CST
funny, I heard that Tim Scott said he welcomed the only Black Senator to the chamber.
Infidel123
Jan 31, 2013 11:10 AM CST
When the hell are we going to move on from this racist shit? First Black this - First Female that - Next, first Gay this and First tranvestite that - Shut the hell up already.
right2dave
Jan 31, 2013 6:28 AM CST
Alright! They can now start the black senator’s caucus!