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Two Black Republicans to Join Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) In Congress
December 03 – December 16, 2020
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bryon Donalds

Black Republican Burgess Owens defeated one-term congressperson Democrat Ben McAdams by only 3,765 votes to win the seat once held by Republican Mia Love, who McAdams defeated two years ago by 694 votes. Love has the distinction of being the only Black Republican woman to ever sit in Congress.

In Florida, Black Republican Byron Donalds defeated Democrat Cindy Banyai by a much more comfortable 100,294 votes. The seat became open after Republican Francis Rooney decided to not run for reelection.

Like an increasing number of Black representatives, both men will represent majority White districts. Owens' district is 84 percent White, while Donalds’ district is 86 percent White. However, unlike the vast majority of African people in the United States, both men proudly associate themselves with Donald Trump.

Owens, who is a former football player for the New York Jets and Oakland Raiders, sees Donald Trump as “an advocate for Black Americans, Black kids getting educated, having a choice." He added, "I love the fact he’s all about having Black Americans having jobs,” saying Trump has “done more to help my community come out of the darkness than any president in my lifetime.”

“Byron Donalds will be a phenomenal Congressman for the people of Florida!” Trump tweeted about the now former Florida state House member. “He strongly supports our Brave Law Enforcement, School Choice, Military, Vets and the Second Amendment! Byron is a Rising Star! He has my Complete and Total Endorsement!”

Women, LGBQT, Black Incumbents

Democrats will still have more women in the House, with at least 89 representatives, while Republicans currently are slated to have at least 28 congresswomen - - none of them of African descent. There will be ten openly LGBTQ members in Congress, all are Democrats – two are of African descent.

While some Democrats had close races and even lost in competitive districts, there were 55 such House Democrats targeted by Republicans. Five of the 55 were of African descent. All five of them won reelection: Lucy McBath (D-GA), Antonio Delgado (D-NY), Steven Horsford (D-NV), Colin Allred (D-TX), and Lauren Underwood (D-IL).

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