African American Members of the U.S. Congress: 1870-2020 [Updated July 23, 2020]   [open pdf - 1MB]

From the Summary: "In total, 162 African Americans have served in Congress. This total includes [1] 152 African Americans (146 Representatives and 6 Delegates) elected only to the House of Representatives; [2] 9 African Americans elected or appointed only to the Senate; and [3] 1 African American who has served in both chambers. [...] Most recently, the 116 th Congress began with the highest number of African American Members ever at the start of a Congress: 57 (52 Representatives, 2 Delegates, and 3 Senators). Other information in this report includes the following: [1] Numbers of African Americans who have served in Congress by party and type of service; [2] Numbers of African Americans who have served in each Congress since 1870; [3] Numbers of African Americans who have served in the House and Senate by state, district, or territory; [4] Means of entry to Congress, including regular elections, special elections, and appointments; [5] Brief background and selected data on the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC); [6] Lists of selected 'firsts' for African Americans in Congress; [7] Lists of the African Americans who have served in leadership; [8] Records for length of service in the House and Senate; and [9] Lists of the African American women in the 116 th Congress."

Report Number:
CRS Report for Congress, RL30378
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Congressional Research Service: https://crsreports.congress.gov/
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