The Broader Representation Advocacy Team (BRAT-PAC) is dedicated to recruiting and training while identifying and providing financial support to progressive African American candidates for elected office at the local, state, and national levels - creating a pipeline of new generation progressive African American candidates around the country at all levels of government.

  • African Americans make up 13% of the population in the United States and BRAT-PAC believes that at least 13% or 65,000 of the elected public offices should be held by qualified African Americans.

  • In 2014 there are close to 500,000 elected public officials in the United States but African Americans only make up just over 9,500 of those elected to serve in local, state, and federal offices.  

Of the nation's 50 Governors, there is no African American Governor currently serving and of the 100 U.S. Senators 2 are African American.  To be truly reflective of the population BRAT-PAC believes there should be at least 6 African American Governors and 13 U.S. Senators who are African American.

As both major political parties prepare to invest heavily in key states to turnout out voters, BRAT-PAC believes that we can use this momentum to elect progressive African Americans to state, federal, and local offices – cultivating a pipeline of African American progressive leadership at all levels of government across the country.  By doing this we can also encourage African-Americans to become and remain actively engaged in the political process, not just at election time.

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