Congressional Election Firsts

Augustus F. Hawkins

Ohio - Carl Stokes became the first Black person to be elected to the Ohio House of Representatives.   He won in a county where 92% of the residents were white.

Georgia - Leroy Johnson became the first Black person since Reconstruction to be elected to the Georgia Senate.

California - Augustus Hawkins became the first Black representative from a western state to be elected to the U.S. Congress.   Before being elected to the U.S. Congress, Hawkins was the first Black person to be elected to the U.S. House of Representatives of the Eighty-eighth Congress.   He represented Los Angeles, the Twenty-first District.