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Stanford alumnus Cory Booker wins U.S. Senate seat

Newark, NJ Mayor Cory Booker '91 (The Stanford Daily File Photo).

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.