By Frederick H. Lowe
On Tuesday night, California voters elected Kamala Harris to the U.S. Senate, making her the second black woman to serve in the legislative body since Carol Moseley Braun of Illinois.
Harris, California’s Attorney General, is the first black politician in history to represent California in the Senate.
She defeated U.S. Rep. Loretta Sanchez, who like Harris, is a Democrat. Harris, who is the daughter of immigrants from Jamaica and India, succeeds Democratic Senator Barbara Boxer, who is retiring after serving four terms in office.
Moseley Braun, a Democrat, served in the Senate from 1993-1999, when she was defeated for re-election.
In another U.S. Senate race, Republican Tim Scott on Tuesday won re-election to a full six-year term representing South Carolina.
Scott was appointed to the Senate in 2013, following the retirement of Republican Jim DeMint. Scott won the 2014 election to fill the remainder of DeMint’s term.
Scott defeated three challengers for his seat, capturing 60.5 percent of the vote.