Stanford alumnus Cory Booker wins U.S. Senate seat October 17, 2013 0 Comments Share tweet Baker Tilney By: Baker Tilney Newark, NJ Mayor Cory Booker ’91 (The Stanford Daily File Photo). Newark mayor Cory Booker ’91 M.A. ’92 became the first African-American senator to represent the state of New Jersey when he won a U.S. Senate special election on Wednesday. In the special election, called by Governor Chris Christie to fill the seat of the recently deceased Frank Lautenberg, Booker defeated Republican Steve Lonegan, a former small-town mayor. Booker will serve the remaining 15 months on Lautenberg’s term and is expected to run for reelection in 2014. As mayor of Newark, Booker gained recognition for securing a $100 million pledge from Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg to fund city programs and for public feats such as saving a woman from a house fire and shoveling a resident’s driveway. Booker was also the keynote speaker at Stanford’s 2012 commencement. Chris Christie Commencement Cory Booker Mark Zuckerberg Newark Steve Lonegan U.S. Senate 2013-10-17 Baker Tilney October 17, 2013 0 Comments Share tweet Subscribe Click here to subscribe to our daily newsletter of top headlines.