Cory Booker Becomes First Black Senator from New Jersey

By Mike Schneider
Managing Editor

Cory Booker became the first black senator from New Jersey and the first African-American elected to the U.S. Senate since 2004 when Illinois voters elected Barack Obama. And with fellow Democrat Bob Menendez by Booker’s side, they make New Jersey the only mainland state to have two senators from minority groups.

But Booker has only been elected to fill the unexpired portion of Lautenberg’s term. He will have to run for reelection next year.