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November 6, 1962

Augustus Freeman (Gus) Hawkins of Los Angeles is elected to the U.S House of Representatives, becoming the first Black Congress member west of the Mississippi. A founder of the Congressional Black Caucus, Hawkins would sponsor many pieces of significant legislation before retiring in 1991.

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