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Bakari Sellers        

Youngest Black Elected Official in US; CNN Contributor

Bakari Sellers is an attorney and was one of the youngest State Representatives and the youngest black elected official in the United States history.

Sellers made history in 2006 when, at just 22 years old, he defeated a 26-year incumbent State Representative to become the youngest member of the South Carolina state legislature and the youngest African American elected official in the nation. In 2014 he was the Democratic Nominee for Lt. Governor in the state of South Carolina.

Earning his undergraduate degree from Morehouse College, where he served as student body president, and his law degree from the University of South Carolina, Sellers has followed in the footsteps of his father, civil rights leader Cleveland Sellers, in his tireless commitment to service taking championing progressive policies to address issues ranging from education and poverty to preventing domestic violence and childhood obesity.

His impressive list accomplishment in addition to having served on President Barack Obama's South Carolina steering committee during the 2008 election, Sellers is widely considered to be a rising star within the Democratic Party and leading voice for his generation. That coupled with his uncommon ability to reach across the aisle and get things done has led to numerous accolades including being named to TIME magazine’s “40 Under 40” in 2010 as well as 2014 and 2015 “The Root 100” list of the nation’s most influential African-Americans and has provided commentary and analysis to CNN and MSNBC including multiple appearances on Hardball with Chris Matthews and Morning Joe. He now currently serves on AIPAC’s National Council.

He has served as a featured speaker at events for the National Education Association, College Democrats of America National Convention, the 2008 Democratic National Convention and, in 2007, delivered the opening keynote address to the AIPAC Policy Conference in Washington, DC.

Sellers practices law with the Strom Law Firm, LLC in Columbia, SC and is a Political Commentator at CNN.

Speech Topics

Walking in Faith While Creating Change

Education, Civil Rights, and Equality: Cornerstones for Our Future


Rep. Bakari Sellers Challenges Gov. Haley to Eat a Food Stamp Diet

Comes after Governor says she'd like to see the program place more emphasis on healthy foods.

In South Carolina, Democrat keeps Obamacare at arm's length ...

Bakari Sellers, who is running for lieutenant governor next year, filed a bill Wednesday to "lessen the burden" of the medical device tax on South Carolina ...

SC House members pre-file 53 bills for 2014 : News : CarolinaLive ...

Bakari Sellers seeks to increase domestic violence penalties in a state that consistently rates among the worst in violence against women. Slow driving clearly ...

Hambycast: Can Bakari Sellers save Southern Democrats? -

Columbia, South Carolina (CNN) -- It's September of 2014, but Bakari Sellers is already getting calls and visits from the small crop of Democrats considering a ...

Want to be President? Convince this guy - Video

Hambycast hits S. Carolina, talking 2016 with the man whose endorsement any Democrat running for president will need.

Former House Rep. Bakari Sellers joins CNN as contributor

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