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Minorities in the Senate

Learn more about the African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Asian Americans and North American Indians who have served in the U.S. Senate, both past and present.


Diversity in the Senate

Senate Stories | Hiram Revels: First African American Senator

African American Senators

Oral History: Carol Moseley Braun, First African-American Woman in the Senate

Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month

Celebrating National American Indian Heritage Month

Senate Staff

Senate Stories | Celebrating Black History Month

August 1814: Saving Senate Records

The Kate Brown Story

Integrating Senate Spaces: Thomas Thornton and Louis Lautier

Oral History: Christine McCreary, Senate Staff Member, 1953-1998

Oral History: Michael Johnson, from Senate Page to Deputy Assistant Sergeant at Arms

Oral History: Jesse R. Nichol, Government Documents Clerk/Librarian, Finance Committee, 1937-1971

Philip Reid and the Statue of Freedom

Senate Chaplain, Barry C. Black

Robert Ogle: First African American to Serve as Professional Senate Staff

Senate Stories | Andrew Slade: First African American Senate Page

Senate Stories | Shaving and Saving: The Story of Bishop Sims

Senate Firsts

Senate Stories | Hiram Revels: First African American Senator

Former Slave Presides Over Senate, February 14, 1878


Portrait of Blanche Kelso Bruce

Minorities in Congress

African American Members of the United States Congress (CRS) (PDF)

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Hispanic Americans in Congress (

Landmark Legislation

The District of Columbia Compensated Emancipation Act

Thirteenth Amendment

Fourteenth Amendment

Fifteenth Amendment

The Civil Rights Act of 1875

The Civil Rights Act of 1964

The Voting Rights Act of 1965

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Women in the Senate