New generation challenges some blacks in Congress

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New generation challenges some blacks in CongressFILE - In this Sept. 2, 2001 file photo, Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson, D-Texas, right, and Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich. are seen in Durban, South Africa. For two decades, Johnson has been an outspoken voice for Democrats in a bright blazer and multicolored scarf. But for the first time, the first black woman to represent North Texas in Congress is facing serious opposition in this month's primary. And the effort to unseat her is just one of several challenges being mounted against some of the longest-serving blacks in Congress. (AP Photo / Obed Zilwa, File)(Credit: AP)

DALLAS (AP) — For two decades, Texas congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson has been an outspoken voice for Democrats.

But for the first time, the first black woman to represent North Texas is facing serious opposition in the May 29 primary election. The effort to unseat her is one of several challenges being mounted against some of the longest-serving black members of Congress.

In Dallas, Detroit and New York City, longtime black incumbents are being challenged by a younger generation of black politicians who aren’t waiting for the old guard to retire.

A Michigan state senator is challenging 82-year-old Rep. John Conyers, the oldest black member of the House. And in New York, 81-year-old Rep. Charlie Rangel is also facing a tough re-election fight.

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