Mandela Barnes Is First African-American In Decades To Hold Statewide Office In Wisconsin

Updated 1:10 p.m.

Milwaukee-native Mandela Barnes was sworn in as lieutenant governor on Monday. It’s the first time in 40 years that an African-American has been elected to statewide office in Wisconsin. 

He says his upbringing in Milwaukee has a lot to do with his current politics.

“Knowing what the city of Milwaukee can be. Knowing what we have the ability to produce but also realizing the barriers that do exist. We have high levels of poverty, we have other issues that are impacted as a result of high rates of…

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