List of African-American Republicans

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1872 Currier and Ives print showing the first African American U.S. Senator and Representatives: Sen. Hiram Revels (R-MS), Rep. Benjamin S. Turner (R-AL), Robert DeLarge (R-SC), Josiah Walls (R-FL), Jefferson Long (R-GA), Joseph Rainey and Robert B. Elliott (R-SC), 1872

The following is a list of African-American Republicans, past and present. This list is limited to black Americans who have worked in a direct, professional capacity in politics.



Walter Blackman is the first black Republican elected to the Arizona Legislature.
Edward Brooke was the first African American popularly elected to the United States Senate. Hiram Revels was the first black U.S. senator; however, he was elected to office by a legislature.










Alveda King, former member of the Georgia House of Representatives





  • James E. O'Hara (1844–1905), congressman from North Carolina
  • Edwin R. Overall (1835-1902), abolitionist, civil rights activist, civil servant, politician, candidate for Nebraska Legislature 1880, 1882, 1890
  • Burgess Owens (born 1951) U.S. Congressman (Utah, district 4) and former NFL player
  • Candace Owens (born 1989), political commentator
  • Jesse Owens (1913–1980), athlete


Colin Powell, 65th Secretary of State
  • Rod Paige (born 1933), seventh U.S. Secretary of Education
  • Barrington D. Parker (1915–1993), judge of the District Court for the District of Columbia
  • Sherman Parker (1971–2008), Missouri state representative, ran for U.S. House of Representatives
  • Star Parker (born 1956), author, political commentator, 2010 Congressional candidate
  • Lynne Patton (born 1972), Regional Director, Housing & Urban Development, 2016 RNC Keynote Speaker
  • Patrick Penn, member, Kansas House of Representatives, elected 2020, took office January 11, 2021
  • Edward J. Perkins (born 1928), first African-American U.S. ambassador to South Africa
  • Jesse Lee Peterson (born 1949), civil rights activist and founder of Brotherhood of New Destiny
  • Joseph C. Phillips (born 1962), actor, columnist and commentator
  • Pio Pico (1801–1894), last governor of Mexican California. Formed the Republican Party in California.[14]
  • Samuel Pierce (1922–2000), Housing and Urban Development Secretary
  • Katrina Pierson (born 1976), Communications Consultant, National Spokesperson Donald Trump 2016 Presidential Campaign, Senior Advisor 2020 Re-Election
  • Mazi Melesa Pilip, Ethiopian-born American politician
  • P. B. S. Pinchback (1837–1921), twenty-fourth governor of Louisiana; first African-American governor of a U.S. state
  • Colin Powell (1937 - 2021), 65th United States Secretary of State
  • Michael Powell (born 1963), 24th Chairman of the FCC
  • Joe Profit (born 1949), former Atlanta Falcons player; candidate for U.S. House of Representatives in Georgia
  • Pierre-Richard Prosper (born 1963), Bush Administration war crimes official


Condoleezza Rice, 66th Secretary of State


Michael Steele, 64th Chairman of the Republican National Committee


Clarence Thomas, Associate Supreme Court Justice




Allen West, former Congressman from Florida's 22nd District


  • James H. Young (1860–1921), politician
  • William F. Yardley (1844–1924), anti-segregation advocate, first African American candidate for governor of Tennessee (1876)

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  12. ^ Alaska Legislature Roster of Members 1913-2014, pp. 61–67, 99
  13. ^ Eppenbach, Sarah; Foster, Scott, eds. (1983). Alaska Blue Book (Sixth ed.). Juneau: Alaska Department of Education, Division of State Libraries. p. 85.
  14. ^ "Pio Pico: The Last Governor of Mexican California", Dr Carlos Salomon 2010
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  17. ^ David A. Nichols (2007-09-04). A Matter of Justice: Eisenhower and the Beginning of the Civil Rights Revolution. p. 222. ISBN 9781416545545. Retrieved 2016-04-28.
  18. ^ Lockyer, Ellen (August 18, 2016). "Wilson upsets Gattis for state Senate seat". Alaska Public Media. Retrieved August 18, 2016.
  19. ^ Hollander, Zaz (September 28, 2016). "Wasilla councilman poised to become first African-American senator from Mat-Su". Alaska Dispatch News. p. A1. Retrieved September 29, 2016.

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