Former U.S. Sen. Edward Brooke died over the weekend at the age of 95. Brooke was a historic figure, the first African-American to be elected to the U.S. Senate since reconstruction.
He was a Republican, who served as Attorney General for Massachusetts. Then in 1966, he defeated former Gov. Endicott Peabody in the race for the U.S. Senate, where he served until 1979.
Heather Cox Richardson, professor at Boston College and author of “To Make Men Free: A History of the Republican Party.” She tweets @HC_Richardson.
- "Brooke, a Republican who had been Massachusetts attorney general, was first elected in 1966, defeating former Massachusetts Gov. Endicott Peabody. Brooke served until 1979. He died at his home in Coral Gables, Fla., surrounded by his family. He was a leading advocate against discrimination in housing and, along with Democratic Sen. Walter Mondale, co-authored the 1968 Fair Housing Act."
- "Brooke was the first African-American to be elected to the Senate. He was elected in 1966 and served from 1967 until 1979."
This article was originally published on January 05, 2015.
This segment aired on January 5, 2015.