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Alvin Greene

The most covered political candidate in 2010 was Alvin Greene. The South Carolina upstart was the first African-American to be nominated by a major party in South Carolina. He won the Democratic Primary over Vic Rawls, but failed in the general election. He is considering a 2012 run for President of the United States.

Kamala Harris

She is the Attorney General-elect of California following the 2010 California state elections. Harris has worked as an author and a politician and has served as District Attorney of San Francisco since 2004. First elected in 2003, defeating incumbent district attorney Terence Hallinan, she was re-elected in 2007. Harris will be the first woman, African-American, and Asian-American attorney general in California and the first Indian-American attorney general in the United States.

Jean Gregoire Sagbo

The 48-year-old “Afro-Russian” is proud of his victory but doesn’t like to be compared to Obama. In a country infamous for racial tension, Jean Sagbo has managed to break barriers, becoming the first elected Black official of Novozavidovo, Russia. The small town has a quaint population of about 10,000 people of which only a handful are black.

Tim Scott

He is a member of the Republican Party and has been appointed to the House Republican Leadership for the 112th Congress as one of their two “Freshmen Representatives,” meaning Representatives serving their first term. He will be the first African-American member of the Republican Party to serve South Carolina in Congress since George Washington Murray served his second and final term, from 1896-1897.

Allen West

In the 2010 mid-terms, he was elected as the first African-American Republican Congressman from Florida since Josiah T. Walls in 1876. West served in the Army in Iraq and was a civilian adviser in Afghanistan. West achieved the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Army but retired after an investigation of his conduct during the interrogation of a suspected terrorist detainee in Taji, Iraq.