Edward Brooke, the first black elected U.S. senator, dies at age 95. He was the first black in U.S. history to win popular election to the Senate.
Brooke, who was a Republican in the mostly liberal state of Massachusetts, died from natural causes at his Coral Gables, Fla., home on Saturday, said Ralph Neas, his former aide.
Edward Brooke, who was elected to the Senate in 1966, was the first black to win a Senate seat from any state since Reconstruction.
He told the Associated Press that he was “thankful to God” to live to see Barack Obama win the presidency. He served in the Senate for 12 years.