Welcome to Washington, Senator Booker

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  • He's a Brainiac
  • A Leader in the Making
  • Newcomer's Luck
  • Sharing the Pain
  • Sharpe Jabs
  • If at First You Don't Succeed
  • Early Success
  • Super Mayor
  • Be Careful What You Say
  • There He Goes Again
  • A National Stage
  • A Port in the Storm
  • Hunger Game
  • He's In
  • Risky Business
  • Winning!
  • Choices
  • Do You
  • Bridge Gaps
  • Tweet On
  • He's Arrived!
  • In the Beginning
  • The Talk

Newcomer's Luck

In 1998, Booker, then 29, defeated four-term Newark city council member George Branch, in a runoff election with about 55 percent of the vote. During his tenure, the New York Times reports, he lobbied for school voucher programs, smaller classes and teacher testing.

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