First elected black US senator dies

Former senator Edward Brooke speaks during a ceremony to honor him with the Congressional Gold Medal in the Rotunda of the US Capitol on October 28, 2009 in Washington, DCPoliticians from both sides of the aisle mourned the death of “trailblazer” Edward Brooke, the first popularly elected black US senator. Brooke, who represented Massachusetts from 1967-1979 in the US Senate, championed laws to benefit the disadvantaged during his two terms. “Ed Brooke stood at the forefront of the battle for civil rights and economic fairness,” said Obama, America’s first African American president in a statement. A liberal Republican who grew up in racially divided Washington, Brooke served in the 100-seat US Senate for two terms.

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