Cory Booker


Cory Booker was elected mayor of Newark in 2006, after a second bitter campaign against the entrenched incumbent Sharp James. His win made him the third African-American to hold the position. He studied political science at Stanford University while playing tight end for the football team before moving into the dilapidated and crime-ridden Brick Towers housing projects in Newark. His advocacy on behalf of the residents led to a successful run for city council, making him the youngest to hold the office at 29.

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Cory Booker and Tim Scott Are the Senate's Newest Odd Couple

Sens. Cory Booker and Tim Scott seek common ground on key issues.

BET Wire: Let's Talk About Race

Lawmakers honored President Lyndon B. Johnson's landmark civil rights achievements; baseball great Hank Aaron likens anti-Obama Republicans to the KKK; Attorney General Eric Holder questions how he and the president are treated; a Louisiana congre...

Scott and Booker Take a Bipartisan LEAP to Increase Job Opportunities

Sens. Tim Scott and Cory Booker introduce a bill to boost apprenticeships.

BET Wire: A New GOP or the Same Old Party?

The Republican Party celebrates one year of minority voter outreach; Rep. Charles Rangel says Tea Party people are mean and racist; Fortune magazine says President Obama is not one of the world's 50 greatest leaders – and more.

Senate Strikes Bipartisan Deal on Unemployment Insurance Extension

Senate crafts legislation to extend expired unemployment benefits.

Party of Nine: Black Senators Celebrate Their Contributions to U.S. History

Sen. Tim Scott hosts a Black History Month event honoring former and current African-American senators.
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