Received this e-mail today from U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D. WA) in support of Mike Espy (D. MS), Jaime Harrison (D. SC) and Rev. Raphael Warnock’s (D. GA) U.S. Senate campaigns:
There have only been ten Black Senators in the entire history of the U.S. Senate.
Today, there are three — Democrats Cory Booker and Kamala Harris, and Republican Tim Scott.
It is unacceptable that in a country as diverse as the U.S., our governing bodies simply don’t reflect the lives and experiences of so many of our communities.
This November, we have the opportunity to take some steps toward correcting this representation problem by electing incredible Black leaders to the Senate.
Mike Espy made history as Mississippi’s first Black congressman since Reconstruction, and was the first Black U.S. Secretary of Agriculture. Now Mike is building a grassroots campaign to take Mississippi forward, and he needs our support.
Jaime Harrison is a former chair and first Black person to lead the South Carolina Democratic Party — and now he’s building a competitive campaign around his vision of putting the American Dream within reach for more people in his state and across the country. With our help, he can win this race.
Rev. Raphael Warnock is the senior pastor at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, the same pulpit from which Martin Luther King, Jr. once preached. Now, he’s running for Senate because the people of Georgia deserve a real voice and a Senator who understands their struggles.
If we win these races in November, we can not only take control of the Senate from the Republicans, but also bring needed Black leaders and voices to the Senate.