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Gardner, Wicker, Colleagues Introduce Resolution Honoring Hiram Revels

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Roger Wicker (R-MS) today introduced a resolution honoring former U.S. Senator Hiram Rhodes Revels. This month marks 150 years since Revels was sworn-in as a U.S. Senator from Mississippi. He was the first African American to serve in Congress.

“The life and service of Hiram Rhodes Revels remain a symbol of the ideals of the United States, including the principle that all men are created equal,” Senator Gardner and his colleagues’ resolution states. “Therefore, be it resolved, that the Senate honors the life, accomplishments, and legacy of Hiram Rhodes Revels and celebrates the legacy that Hiram Rhodes Revels left to guide and inspire future generations.” 

Revels represented Mississippi in the U.S. Senate from February 25, 1870, until March 3, 1871. He served as the first president of Alcorn Agricultural and Mechanical College in Claiborne County, today’s Alcorn State University. He later taught theology at Shaw University, now known as Rust College. Revels died in 1901 and is buried in Holly Springs, Mississippi.

Gardner and Wicker’s resolution honoring Revels is cosponsored by U.S. Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Roy Blunt (R-MO), John Boozman (R-AR), Mike Braun (R-IN), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Richard Burr (R-NC), Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Ben Cardin (D-MD), Bob Casey (D-PA), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Susan Collins (R-ME), Chris Coons (D-DE), John Cornyn (R-TX), Catherine Cortez-Masto (D-NV), Tom Cotton (R-AR), Mike Crapo (R-ID), Kevin Cramer (R-ND), Ted Cruz (R-TX), Steve Daines (R-MT), Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Joni Ernst (R-IA), Diane Feinstein (D-CA), Deb Fischer (R-NE), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Josh Hawley (R-MO), Martin Heinrich (D-NM), Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS), James Inhofe (R-OK), Doug Jones (D-AL), Ron Johnson (R-WI), Tim Kaine (D-VA), Angus King (I-ME), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), James Lankford (R-OK), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Kelly Loeffler (R-GA), Joe Manchin (D-WV), Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Jerry Moran (R-KS), Rand Paul (R-KY), David Perdue (R-GA), Gary Peters (D-MI), James Risch (R-ID), Pat Roberts (R-KS), Mitt Romney (R-UT), Jacky Rosen (D-NV), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Ben Sasse (R-NE), Rick Scott (R-FL), Tim Scott (R-SC), Brian Schatz (D-HI), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Tina Smith (D-MN), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Jon Tester (D-MT), Thom Tillis (R-NC), Tom Udall (D-NM), Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Mark Warner (D-VA), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Ron Wyden (D-OR), and Todd Young (R-IN).

View the full text of the resolution here.

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Cory Gardner is a member of the U.S. Senate serving Colorado. He sits on the Energy & Natural Resources Committee, the Foreign Relations Committee, the Commerce, Science, & Transportation Committee, and is the Chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy.

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