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.


Herman Cain
Selwyn Carrol









Alveda King, former member of the Georgia House of Representatives





Colin Powell, 65th Secretary of State


Condoleezza Rice, 66th Secretary of State


Michael Steele, 64th Chairman of the Republican National Committee


Clarence Thomas, Associate Supreme Court Justice


  • James L. Usry (1922–2002), mayor of Atlantic City, New Jersey
  • Jill Upson (b. 1966), West Virginia House of Delegates



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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  2. ^ Alaska Legislature Roster of Members 1913-2014 (PDF). Juneau: Alaska Legislative Affairs Agency. 2014. pp. 49, 97.
  3. ^ Mitchell, Elaine B., ed. (1973). Alaska Blue Book (First ed.). Juneau: Alaska Department of Education, Division of State Libraries. p. 84.
  4. ^ "Selwyn George Carrol (obituary)". Hampton County Guardian. Hampton. December 29, 2010. Retrieved November 18, 2015.
  5. ^ "Florida House of Representatives - Jennifer Carroll - 2014 - 2016 ( Speaker Crisafulli )". Retrieved 2016-04-28.
  6. ^ "Leading Authorities Speakers Ron Christie". Retrieved February 25, 2010.
  7. ^ The African-American Electorate, 1st ed., by Walton, Hanes Jr., Donald R. Deskins, Jr., Sherman Puckett. Publisher: The Congressional Quarterly, USA. June 2012.
  8. ^ Joan Potter (2002). African American Firsts: Famous Little-Known and Unsung Triumphs of Blacks ... p. 141. ISBN 9780758202437. Retrieved 2016-04-28.
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  12. ^ Illescas, Carlos (June 7, 2016). "For Ryan Frazier, a political future tied to the GOP U.S. Senate race". The Denver Post. Retrieved 18 January 2019.
  13. ^ Alaska Legislature Roster of Members 1913-2014, pp. 61–67, 99
  14. ^ Eppenbach, Sarah; Foster, Scott, eds. (1983). Alaska Blue Book (Sixth ed.). Juneau: Alaska Department of Education, Division of State Libraries. p. 85.
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  16. ^ Rehm, Todd (April 16, 2014). "Republican Leo Smith announces for 13th Congressional District". Retrieved September 12, 2016.
  17. ^ "The Georgia Black Republican Council". Retrieved September 12, 2016.
  18. ^ Bluestein, Greg (May 13, 2016). "Georgia GOP minority engagement guru: 'Donald Trump can easily get 20 percent of black voters'". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved September 12, 2016.
  19. ^ Peter J. Boyer (2008-10-06). "The Appalachian Problem". The New Yorker. Retrieved 2016-04-28.
  20. ^ "Online Exhibitions | Kenneth Spencer Research Library". Retrieved 2016-04-28.
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  22. ^ Lockyer, Ellen (August 18, 2016). "Wilson upsets Gattis for state Senate seat". Alaska Public Media. Retrieved August 18, 2016.
  23. ^ 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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