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Senator Craig Hickman Makes History As First Black Man To Serve – BOTWC

By on March 23, 2021 0

He’s a two-time champion!

Senator Craig Hickman makes history as the first black man to serve in both houses of the Maine Legislature, PA News reports.

Hickman is a farmer from Winthrop, Maine. Her father, a former Tuskegee Airman, both of whose parents were very active in the civil rights movement. Eventually, he entered politics, making history as the first openly gay black man to serve in the House of Representatives, serving four terms. Now, Hickman has won a special election for the Senate District 14 seat, succeeding Democrat Shenna Bellows and making history as the first black man to serve in both houses.

The Maine Legislative Assembly met for the first time since December, socially distanced in the local civic center. Several bills were on the table, including the state’s tax exemption for pandemic loans and unemployment benefits, a change in the state flag, a modified supplementary budget, and talks about residents. who rallied outside to defend medical marijuana and oppose pandemic restrictions.

Democratic Governor Janet Mills swore in Senator Hickman just a day after his victory, allowing him to begin his work. The two-time Legislature representative spoke about his appointment, saying he was excited to start serving his constituents.

“Growing up black and gay and blue-collar in America, no one ever said it was going to be easy. But my experiences have taught me the importance of protecting our communities and standing up for those in need,” a- he declared.

Congratulations, Senator Hickman!

Photo courtesy of The Associated Press

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