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Byron Donalds Is the J.C. Watts for His Time

Editor’s note: This piece was co-authored by Clarence Henderson and Diante Johnson.It’s been 23 years since a Black American has held a leadership position in the House GOP, and members in the House of Representatives have the chance to make history again by electing Rep. Byron Donalds to House GOP Conference Chair. As our party aims to court more women and ethnic minorities into the conservative movement, the face of the party must represent the areas we wish to build. In the 117th Congress, there are only two Black Republican Americans in the House of Representatives and only one in the United States Senate. Looking at the 118th Congress, more than 80 Black Americans have decided to run for Congress. And if the Midterm Elections swing in favor of the GOP, the United States Congress will have the largest share of Black Republican Americans in Congress in its history. From Wesley Hunt (R‑TX), Jennifer- Ruth Green (R‑IN), John Gibbs (R‑MI), George Logan (R‑CT) in the House, and Herschel Walker (R‑GA) in the Senate, the prospects for historic Black Conservative representation are on the cusp of making history.

As Republicans are poised to take back the House, t …

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