I'm working on a report about statehouse majority-minority districts -
that is, districts were a white state legislator represents a minority
district. So far, I've found the following majority-minority
Whites Representing Majority Black districts:
Rep. Becky Carney (D) District 102, Mecklenburg
Rep. Edith Warren (D) District 8, Pitt
Rep. Michael Wray (D) District 27,
Sen. Clark Jenkins (D) State Senate District 3
Rep. Tom Riner (D), State House District 41
Rep. Billy Beasley
Sen. Irvin Lynn Posey (D)
Rep. Joe E. Hudson (D) House District 91
Rep. Cecil C. Brown (D) Jackson
Rep. May Ringold Whittington (D) House District 34 - Schlater
I'm trying to find some larger pattern from this information, and I
think I need more data to do that. Here are some questions I need
answered. Statehouse district level data is hard to come by, so that's
why I've turned to Google Answers. I know you guys always have some
wild tricks up your sleaves, so hope you've saved an extra one for me.
Please let me know where you've found the information requested.
1) When was the legislator elected? When did the district become
2) Have any African American candidates run against this legislator
since his/her district became majority African American? What have the
margins of victory been?
3) There are currently 10 white representatives of majority black
districts in the southern states (I define the southern states as SC,
MS, FL, AL, GA, LA, TX, VA, NC, TN, KY). How many total legislative
districts are in the south? How many total majority-minority
districts are there in the south?
4) Most importantly, I need to understand if these representatives are
effectively representing their districts. Are there any reports or
report cards that the NAACP puts out on these legislators? If some
African-American interest group hasn't evaluated their representation,
a short news article or statement on each of the legislators and their
relationship to the black community would suffice to answer this part.
I found some good info on these guys at LexisNexis, so that's one
place to look. I imagine the first two questions would be relatively
easy to answer. The third would be intermediate and the four might be
Let me know if I can clarify anything else about the question.