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This morning, Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) joined Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) for a conversation commemorating the 150th anniversary of the first Black American, a Republican, to be sworn into the House of Representatives, Congressman Joseph Rainey.

Born a slave in 1832, South Carolina, Joseph Rainey, was the first Black man to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives. He was a proud member of Republican Party. 

He knew then, what so many of us still know: that the Republican Party is the Party of Lincoln, grounded in the values of freedom and equality for all people.

This belief was held so far and wide, that the first 21 Black Members of Congress were actually all Republicans. In fact, it wasn’t until 65 years after Rainey was sworn in that the first Black Democrat was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.

Today, 150 years after his historic swearing-in, we remember Joseph Rainey as a Republican trailblazer. As Republicans, we owe it to him and all those who come after us to build upon his legacy, further cementing our party as a Party for all.