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By Cliff Peterson, Contributing Senior Columnist 

While Trump did win the Presidency and has nominated mostly fellow Caucasians to his Cabinet, there are still a fair number of black politicians around – including one or two who may be contenders for the Presidency in 2020.

Consider the following individuals:

  1. Keith Ellison

Keith Ellison is a Democratic Congressman from Minnesota who first made a splash in 2007 by being the first Muslim to be elected to Congress. He is also one of seven candidates for the chair of the Democratic National Committee, and the election will take place in late February. The winner of the election will guide the direction of the Democratic Party for years. As he has the backing of people like Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, Ellison is a strong contender who firmly believes that the Democrats need to increase voter turnout.

  1. Kamala Harris

Kamala Harris is the attorney general from California who was recently elected to the US Senate. She has already criticized Trump’s nomination of Jeff Sessions as US Attorney General, saying that his attitudes towards minorities are “incompatible with constitutional guarantees.” She also opposes the repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Some view her as a possible contender for the Presidency in 2020.

  1. Tim Scott

Tim Scott, who hails from South Carolina, is the only black Republican in the US Senate. He had joined the Senate in 2013 when Governor Nikki Haley named him to replace Jim DeMint. He was reelected in 2016. He is part of the Senate Opportunity Coalition, a group of conservative Senators dedicated to fighting poverty and providing opportunities for their constituents. Some see him as a possible candidate for Governor or Lieutenant Governor of South Carolina.

  1. Cory Booker

Cory Booker is a Democratic Senator from New Jersey who has reached across the aisle on a number of occasions. He has often worked with Senator Tim Scott (R-SC), and he and Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) worked together to get a bill passed. Booker has often worked on criminal justice reform. Most recently, he testified against the confirmation of Jeff Sessions, citing his “failure to defend the civil rights of women, minorities and LGBT Americans.” Like Harris, he is considered a possible contender for the Presidency in 2020.

  1. Cedric Richmond

Cedric Richmond (D-LA) is a member of the US House of Representatives who was recently elected to chair the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC). The organization, which represents the interests of people of color and “vulnerable communities,” currently has 50 members. The CBC typically works on such matters as criminal justice reform and expanding education and career opportunities for African-Americans. It will probably form a large part of the loyal opposition under the Trump administration.

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