U.S. Senate gets first Nigerian-American congressman

U.S. Senate gets first Nigerian-American congressman

Mr Oye Owolewa cruised into victory on Tuesday night to become the first Nigerian-American to be elected to the U.S. Congress.

 

The 30-year-old is heading to the U.S. Senate to represent the District of Columbia (DC) as a shadow congressman under the Democratic Party.

 

Owolewa garnered a whopping 164,026 votes, representing 82.84 per cent of the total votes cast.

 

Voters in DC elect two shadow senators, who are not officially sworn-in or seated by the U.S. Senate.

 

These non-voting delegates can vote in committees, speak on the floor of the chamber, and sponsor legislation, but cannot vote at plenary.

 

“Looks like WE DID IT!!! I want to thank everyone, from family and close friends to DC residents,” Omolewa said on Instagram.

 

“Because of your contributions and sacrifices, I stand before you as America’s first Nigerian-American congressman.

 

“In this role, I’m going to fight for DC statehood and bring our values to the lawmaking process.

 

“While today is a day for some celebration, the hard work also follows. Again, thanks so much for everything. I wouldn’t be here without you all,” he said.

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